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The Alaskan


SITKA, ALASKA TERRITORY,     Saturday, July 4, 1891


    Our little town is honored by the presence of Miss E. Ruhamah Scidmore, whose book on Alaska is so well and favorably known as the first volume which described graphically the wonderful scenery of the Inside Passage, the habits and characteristics of the natives, and a good deal of the legendary lore which pertains to Sitka and its environments. It is understood that Miss Scidmore intends issuing a revised edition of her first work, and THE ALASKAN feels assured that when it is given to the world it will be of great interest to the general public and to all those in any way interested in Alaska. Miss Scidmore is the guest of Judge and Mrs. John S. Bugbee during her stay in the capital.



This article is reproduced in its entirety. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore was a famous travel writer and photographer in her day, most well known now for her involvement in the planting of the first cherry trees in Washington, D.C..

The books discussed above were Alaska Its Southern Coast and the Sitkan Archipelago, published in 1885, and Appletons' Guide-Book to Alaska and the Northwest Coast Including the Shores of Washington, British Columbia, Southeastern Alaska, the Aleutian and the Seal Islands, the Behring and the Arctic Coasts, published in 1893. Miss Scidmore also wrote:

  • Jinrikisha Days in Japan (1891)
  • Java: the garden of the East (1897)
  • Westward to the Far East: A Guide to the Principal Cities of China (1900)
  • China The Long Lived Empire (1900)
  • Winter India (1903)
  • As the Hague Ordains: Journal of a Russian Prisoner's Wife in Japan (1907)

A Guide to Sitka, Alaska