Frank Childs Collection of Klondike Gold Rush Photographs, circa 1898-1899  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Frank Childs Collection of Klondike Gold Rush Photographs
circa 1898-1899 (inclusive)
23 glass negatives (1 box)
modern prints (1 box)
Collection Number
Klondike gold rush photographs, ca. 1898-1899.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Frank Childs lived in Geneva, Washington (Bellingham) and was a local handyman and contractor. Child's had a father and two brothers who were in the Klondike Gold Rush and maybe in some of the photographs. Frank Childs died around 1947.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Yukon gold rush began in 1897, when news of the previous year's gold discovery in the Canadian Klondike region finally reached Seattle, prompting thousands to make the journey to the Yukon. Two trails were popular routes. The Skagway route went over White Pass, while the Dyea route took miners over the Chilkoot Pass, both on the way to Lakes Bennett and Lindeman. At this point, miners stopped to "whipsaw" logs used for building the boats they needed to haul their supplies down the Yukon River. They navigated the treacherous Whitehorse rapids and Miles Canyon on their way down the river to Dawson and then ultimately, the gold mines.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains 23 glass plate negatives documenting activities and places during the Klondike gold rush. The images reveal the arduous journey thousands of prospective miners experienced on their way to the Yukon gold fields near Dawson. The images begin with the Chilkoot Pass and end with images of Dawson and the Grand Forks Hotel near the gold fields. The photographs may be by Cantwell.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Photographic prints made from the glass plate negative originals are available for reference purposes.

View the digital version of the collection

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Boatbuilding---British Columbia--Photographs
  • Boats--British Columbia--Photographs
  • Boats--Yukon Territory--Photographs
  • Dogs--British Columbia--Photographs
  • Dogs--Yukon Territory--Photographs
  • Gold miners--Yukon Territory--Photographs
  • Gold rushes--Yukon Territory--Photographs
  • Lakes--British Columbia--Photographs
  • Rivers--British Columbia--Photographs
  • Rivers--Yukon Territory--Photographs
  • Tents--British Columbia--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Other Names :
  • Cantwell (photographer)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bennett, Lake (B.C.)--Photographs
  • Chilkoot Trail--Photographs
  • Dawson (Yukon)--Photographs
  • Grand Forks (Yukon)--Photographs
  • Klondike River Valley (Yukon)--Gold discoveries--Photographs
  • Lindeman Lake (B.C.)--Photographs
  • White Pass Trail (Alaska and Yukon)--Photographs