One Man's Gold Rush: A Klondike Album

by Murray Morgan

Other authorsE. A. Hegg (Photographer)
Hardcover, 1972




Seattle: University of Washington Press, (1972). Inscribed by Morgan to Naomi [Pascal] then head of UW Press


When Eric A. Hegg rushed north to Alaska in 1897, he as a journeyman photographer, largely self-trained. He forced a sled load of photographic equipment across the coastal mountains in the dead of winter. He hiked out to the claims on Bonanza and Eldorado, and he poked his camera into the banks and bars and bordellos in Dawson. He rode a paddle-wheel steamer down the Yukon to the Bering and was on the dark sands of the beach at Home when the prospectors swirled gravel in their pans and worked their mechanical rockers. Most important, he was there, high on the Chilkoot Pass in the winter of 1897-98, as the dark-clad men climbed antlike up the frozen steps of The Scales under the burden of a year's supplies.

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LibraryThing member ksmyth
Narrated by the estimable Murray Morgan, One Man's Gold Rush features a collection of period photographs by E.A. Hegg. Many of the photos are breathtaking and dramatic. Doubtless you have seen many of them: the long line of men climbing Chilkoot Pass, the results of a blizzard along the trail. It makes for an interesting story.… (more)


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