ExploreNorth, your resource center for exploring the circumpolar North

Return to the Home Page The ExploreNorth Blog About ExploreNorth Contact ExploreNorth

Search ExploreNorth

Arctic & Northern History

Yukon & Alaska Chronology
Important dates in Yukon and Alaska history.

Arctic & Northern Aviation History
Pilot, airline and individual aircraft biographies.

Yukon/Alaska Sternwheelers & other Riverboats
A complete roster of the almost 300 boats that operated here, with stories about many.

Sternwheelers on Lake Laberge, Yukon Territory

Yukon/Alaska Railroads
Including the Alaska Railroad, the White Pass & Yukon Route, and many smaller lines that have disappeared.

Arctic & Northern Biographies

Community Histories
- Alaska
- Yukon

Klondike Gold Rush

News from The Alaskan (Sitka, Alaska)
- July 30, 1887 (a new steamer line, Goddard Hot Springs, etc.)
- August 25, 1888 (mining reports)
- June 20, 1891 (new Customs staff, Mt. St. Elias expedition, seal hunting, etc.)

News from the Whitehorse Star (Whitehorse, Yukon)
- May 5, 1911
- August 25, 1911
- August 7, 1936
- September 11, 1936
- June 1, 1945

The Great River of Alaska, by Frederick Schwatka
This lengthy article, published in Century Magazine in September and October, 1885, tells the story of Schwatka's summer-long 1883 expedition through the Yukon and Alaska.

Education in the Territory of Alaska, 1887
An article from The Alaskan (Sitka, Alaska) of August 20, 1887, and the Alaska section of that year's federal Department of Education report.

Expedition to Mount St. Elias, 1888

Alaska Cruise News, June 1891

Melancholy Disaster at Icy Bay, June 1891

Leon Liard Swims Whitehorse Rapids, 1899

Tragedy near Nome, Alaska, 1899
The treasure ship Roanoke brings the first story of the death of several New Yorkers, members of the Alaska Prospecting Company.

The Yukon Telegraph - Chronology
Major events concerning the line from 1871 until 1942.

Boxing in the Klondike
The good citizens of Dawson City loved the manful sport of boxing. Just six years after the Gold Rush, in 1904, they were treated to The Fight of the Century. By Darrell Hookey.

New Cadillac Brought to Dawson City, Yukon, 1915

Cordova in Alaska
By Dr. Arsenio Rey-Tejerina.

Spanish Place Names on the Face of Alaska
By Dr. Arsenio Rey-Tejerina.

Place Names in Revillagigedo and Gravina Islands
By Dr. Arsenio Rey-Tejerina.

Margaret and Marie in the Klondike Gold Rush
Disputes over gold mining could get out of hand, as the battle between Margaret Mitchell and Marie Fotheringham shows. By Darrell Hookey.

The Coastal Steamer Humboldt in Alaska
The wooden steamer Humboldt was built at Eureka, California, in 1896, and operated on the Alaska route for many years.

U.S. Submarine Nautilus - 1931 North Pole Attempt

Yukon Communities in 1947
The complete "Towns and Settlements" chapter of the 56-page booklet "Yukon Territory: A Brief Description of its History, Administration, Resources, and Development", by W.F. Lothian.

Alaska Tour, 1947
This article about a 30-day tour of Alaska by bus, airplane and cruise ship appeared in 11 issues of The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA) in August and September 1947.

"Northern Lights", Easter 1965
Northern Lights is the journal of the Anglican Diocese of Yukon, published 2-3 times a year since about the early 1940s.

Klondike Heritage Mail Run, 1985
During the celebration of the National Parks of Canada Centennial, special envelopes were carried between Seattle and Dawson City via the Chilkoot Pass.

The Alaska Veterans Memorial
At Mile 147.2 of the George Parks Highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks is a memorial that is beautifully designed to complement its setting.

The History of Greenland, 1766
This 20-page look at the 2-volume "The History of Greenland" by David Crantz (published in 1765-1766) was published in 1793.