The Klondike Quest

The Klondike Quest

A Photographic Essay, 1897-1899

Book - 1983
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The most photographed event in America during the 19th century.

More than 10,000 images reside in public archives and private collections, depicting every aspect of what popular historian Pierre Berton has called "one of the strangest mass movements in history." For this book, Berton selected 200 photographs, some iconic, some touchingly personal, and most previously unpublished.

The Klondike Quest brings to life the panoramic drama of the great stampede for gold as seen by the ordinary gold-seeker. The photographs are beautifully reproduced and informatively and colorfully captioned. "One million people, it is said, laid plans to go to the Klondike. One hundred thousand actually set off. And so the Klondike saga is a chronicle of humanity in the mass.... For the next eighteen months, the Yukon interior plateau became a human anthill."

Publisher: Toronto : Stoddart ; McClelland and Stewart, c1983, 1997.
ISBN: 9781550462029
Branch Call Number: 971. 9102 BER
Characteristics: 239 p. : chiefly ill. ; 33 cm.


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Dec 10, 2015

Amazing photographs. The later photographs show sullen faces registering despair and disillusionment with the arduous journey to the gold fields. I would rate "The Klondike Quest" at 5.0 stars.

My only reservation is that there are only three photographs with steam paddlewheelers. During the Klondike Gold Rush, over 50 steam paddlewheelers served Dawson City. Some had palatial interiors.

120bass May 03, 2011

Excellent photo essay that captures the hardships and adventures endured by those who risked their lives in the Klondike Gold Rush.

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