Collection mac-48 - Transportation photograph collection

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Transportation photograph collection

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mac mac-48

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  • [ca. 1932-1936] (Creation)
    MacBride Museum

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522 photographs : 465 b&w prints, 18 col. prints, 35 b&w postcards, 4 col. postcards.

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The Yukon Historical Society was established in Whitehorse in 1950 by a group of residents who saw the need to preserve the history of the community and the Yukon Territory. In 1976 the name was changed to the MacBride Museum Society in honour of William D. MacBride who devoted much of his time to the museum. The museum collects artifacts, archival records and photographs, geological and natural history specimens, and ethnographic materials that reflect the history of the Yukon Territory.

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The collection consists of photographs that were part of unidentified collections and were organized under the title "Transportation" for research and exhibit purposes. Included are many photographs of sternwheelers and other watercraft, crews and passengers on Yukon and Alaskan waters, and a smaller number of images of other forms of transportation including automotive and animal powered. The photographs range in size and format and were taken by amateur and professional photographers. There are images of notable events such as the sternwheeler Yukoner on fire in Dawson City, the Columbian's first trip to Whitehorse, Clifford Sifton on Lake Bennett, the launching of the Casca, the launching of the Alaska, a small steamer, the sternwheeler Lorelei shooting the White Horse Rapids, excursions on Atlin Lake aboard the Tarahne and Scotia, and the S.S. Bailey with passengers and crew at a wood landing on the Fifty Mile River. The colour print is a large format postcard of the burning of the sternwheelers Whitehorse and Casca. There is a series of 12 photographs recording a trip on the sternwheeler Casca, including icing on the paddle wheel, a landing on the Yukon River, ice breaking on Lake Laberge, and interior views of the vessel's state room, sitting room and engine room. Also included are images of the dry docks of Whitehorse and Lake Laberge, Yukon, and Fairbanks and St. Michael, Alaska, and Atlin, B.C. There is a series of wrecks and sunken sternwheelers including the Washburn, the Klondike, the Dawson, and the Casca. The vessels identified in this fonds include the Whitehorse, Casca,Yukoner, Klondike, Hannah, Washburn, Nora, Clifford Sifton, Gleaner, S.S. Bailey, Yukon, Dawson, Sarah, Susie, Louise, Mary F. Craft, S.S.Arnold, ACE Linda, Oil City, Monarch, AT&T Co. John Cudahy, Fox, Seattle No 1, Victorian, Alaska, M.L. Washburn, Bella, Selkirk, Tarahne, Scotia, and Farollon and the steel launch Tasmanian. Other images in this fonds include a 12-horse team hauling a 19,900 lb., boiler to Pueblo Mines, the railroad spur and ore cars at Pueblo Mines, the last trip of the Red Line Transportation Co. with 30 teams in Bennett, B.C. July 6, 1899, White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) cargo containers and a view of a White Pass locomotive on a bridge, the Queen of the Yukon and other airplanes, a military plane with passengers loading or unloading at Whitehorse Airport, registration CF-CPA, a 12-seater automobile with 8 adults and 1 child on board, a dog team mushing on a trail in the Whitehorse area, stampeders with wood wagons loaded down with gear being pulled by dogs and men, a horse pack train on one of the passes, reindeer pulling Eskimos on sleds near Nome, Alaska, 1913, and an image with the caption "Eskimo in Kiak, St. Michael". Also included are bulldozers, a cat, army trucks, snowplows and trucks working on the Alaska highway, two British Yukon Navigation Company (BYNCo.) buses parked outside the Duo Drop Inn and Sewell's 1927 Chevrolet Truck on a street in front of an old garage. Photographers identified include George Tumpach, H.C. Barley, E.A. Hegg, Larss and Duclos, E.J. Hamacher, and Doody. Communities and locations identified include Whitehorse, Dawson City, Carcross, Lake Laberge, Lake Bennett, Five Finger Rapids, Rink Rapids, Big Salmon, Fifty Mile River, the water control dam at Marsh Lake, Atlin Lake, and in Alaska - St. Michael, Fairbanks, Ruby and Tanana.

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