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Collection of Eight Gold Mining Letters & Photographs Archive Regarding California, Montana, Alaska & Klondike

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1897 to 1906-Dated Collection of (4) Letters... Plus (4) Photographs, from a Western Gold Mining Related Archive, Fine to Very Fine.

1. & 2. Two Letters, both written on Official Stationery of the “Monitor Gold Mining Company” at Revenue, Montana, dated October 28 and November 9, 1897, one mentioning setting up headquarters at Ennis in order to supervise the miners in that area.

3. May 17, 1902-Dated, Letter on 2 sheets of Official Stationery of “The Western Hotel - J. Rupert Foster, Proprietor - F.D. Scott, Manager” at Marysville, California and picturing the hotel with wagons in front. This letter mentions gold mining in the area since 1849 and looking over titles, likely titles to mines.

4. October 5, 1906-Dated Autograph Letter written upon 2 sheets of stationery of the “Northern Navigation Co. - To Alaska Gold Fields.” This letter was written on the steamer “St. Michael” at Circle City, Alaska and mostly concerns water rights in the gold fields. The writer also mentions the problems of transportation in Alaska: ”... We have had a hard slow trip since we left Fairbanks. The boat has broken down 4 times and the boilers leak terribly. They leaked so badly at Gibbon that they almost put out the fires out....”

5 to 8. Group of 4 Photographs, all labeled “Klondike,” which the consignor believes are of one family in the Klondike Gold mining area. These photos are of 2 adults, a young woman and a baby, possibly the grandparents, mother and child of one family. The baby’s photo is labeled on the back, “Little Nora Meadows.”

An interesting, historic original period collection of “Gold Rush” letters, most with interesting period collector content. (8 items).
Lot Number: 244
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