Photographs show rickety shops, trenches and ships that dodge icebergs during the ‘Gold Rush’ in Alaska
Beautiful black-and-white photos reveal dilapidated stores, trenches and a ship that dodges an iceberg while more than 20,000 people rushed to find their fortune in a city in Alaska 120 years ago.
An estimated 112 tons of the valued metal was pulled from the ground in Nome, on the frozen western tip of Alaska, during the famous Alaskan, or Klondike, “Gold Rush.”
The window to the city, where houses, schools and banks needed to be built quickly as thousands flocked to the area, was revealed by an old photo album sold by auctioneer Elstob & Elstob in Bedale, North Yorkshire, Great Britain.
One photo allegedly shows ‘the most northerly’ school in America, while another says it shows ‘the most northerly train station’. A family of Eskimos was also shown driving in a car.
Auctioneer David Elstob said: ‘It is a fantastic album full of beautiful views and the photos are in very good condition. It is unusual for such an album to be discovered in North Yorkshire and there is already a lot of international interest in it.
‘The photos are full of people and activity, and it is nice that the indigenous population is so prevalent. It is fascinating to see how a city was created in the middle of nowhere. “
The Alaskan, or Klondike, “Gold Rush” was activated after gold was dug up in the region in 1896. The chance to get rich led more than 100,000 people to emigrate to the frozen waste of Alaska and the icy banks of the Klondike River, Canada.
The sale of the photos, which is expected to be more than £ 100, will take place on February 29.
An Eskimos family is sitting in a car in Nome, on the western tip of Alaska. Thousands flocked to the area during the ‘Gold Rush’ in Alaska, seduced by the chance to make a fortune
An estimated 112 tons of gold was pulled from the ground around the city (pictured above) during the ‘Gold Rush’
Miners suggested digging for gold in Anvil creek near Nome, Alaska. The photos appeared in an album that was auctioned in Bedale, North Yorkshire, Great Britain
Miners and their dogs pose for a photo in front of the Keewalk Hotel. More than 20,000 people went to the area to hunt for gold
A whaling ship, called The Alexander, makes its way to Nome while sailing around icebergs on the Cape Prince of Wales in 1903
Three golden nuggets mined from the area and photographed for the album. They are the ‘largest’ found in the area
Miners dig for their fortune in a mine in Alaska in 1904. The Gold Rush peaked in the early 1900s, before it fell away
Water canals depicted at a mine in Nome, Alaska. IT was managed by the pioneering mining company
A canal carries water to a frozen mine in Sunset Creek in September 1903. There is also a worker next to it
Houses in Candle City next to the Keewalk River in September 1903. Buildings shot up as thousands flocked to the area
School children wait in 1905 along the road at Nome Kindergarten, Alaska. Mining in the area peaked around this time
Newspapers and grocery stores in Nome, Alaska, depicted in the early 1900s. Miners would also travel to Canada from here
A chic restaurant in the city of Alaska that had arisen because of the Gold Rush. Men and children are outside
Pictured above is the Alaska Miners and Traders Bank in 1905. Buildings shot up when people moved to the area
Fire trucks did not exist in the city. Instead they had a cart pulled by two horses. (Nome Fire Department depicted in 1904)
The front street of St Teller, Alaska. The album is expected to raise more than £ 100 during the auction taking place this month
A woman and men pictured at the train station in Nome. The locomotive was used to return mined gold to the city
A herd of reindeer is grazing on the frozen ground at the Cape Prince of Wales. It would be the largest in Alaska
Miners are on the side of the Imnachuk River. Their activities disrupted the flow through the area
Men pictured wade through the surf to boats in the port of Nome, from which gold was exported
An American flagship, called Augusta C, depicted at the port in Nome, Alaska
Passengers and mail are loaded on the SS Olympia at Home in 1904. They may have sent messages to Great Britain
Eskimos depicted on an animal skin boat in Grantley Harbor, Alaska. They were also shown driving in a car
Stacked bags at the railroad contain an estimated 6,000 tons of coal. They were depicted in August 1905
Eskimo children depicted at their kindergarten in Nome, Alaska, in 1905. The shadow of the cameraman can also be seen