This photograph of the Skagway valley was taken from the deck of the Steamer Queen on July 26, 1897 and shows the almost undisturbed terrain of the Skagway Valley just before the Klondike Gold Rush begins for Skagway. This is Mooresville, Captain Moore’s name for his little hamlet. In the next few hours, days, weeks, and months, the gold seeking Argonauts will invade the valley like an army with their outfits, tents and animals. In less than a month, a street grid will be laid out. The tents of the first month will quickly give way to wood buildings, one, two, and three stories high and the population will increase from around two dozen or so to over 10,000 by the start of 1898. In the center of this image stand Captain William Moore’s Cabin from 1887 and in front, his son Ben Moore’s wood-frame house under construction. (Library of Congress, 3c22304u; KLGO SE-9-8799)

This photograph of the Skagway valley was taken from the deck of the Steamer Queen on July 26, 1897 and shows the almost undisturbed terrain of the Skagway Valley just before the Klondike Gold Rush begins for Skagway. This is Mooresville, Captain Moore’s name for his little hamlet. In the next few hours, days, weeks, and months, the gold seeking Argonauts will invade the valley like an army with their outfits, tents and animals. In less than a month, a street grid will be laid out. The tents of the first month will quickly give way to wood buildings, one, two, and three stories high and the population will increase from around two dozen or so to over 10,000 by the start of 1898. In the center of this image stand Captain William Moore’s Cabin from 1887 and in front, his son Ben Moore’s wood-frame house under construction. (Library of Congress, 3c22304u; KLGO SE-9-8799)

Frank La Roche, Skagway’s first professional photographer

We’re fortunate that photographers were active in this area during and after the Klondike Gold Rush

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