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MOOSE JOHNSON. Kantishna Area Photographs and Letter; n.d., 1939, 1940. .1 cu. ft.

Moose Johnson operated placer gold mines in the Kantishna Mining District of Alaska.

The collection consists of photographs and a letter received from Moose Johnson. The collection contains: 20 original black and white prints; 7 black and white preservation copy negatives of selected images; and a handwritten letter by Johnson describing the route from McKinley Park Station on the Alaska Railroad to Copper Mountain in McKinley National Park. People depicted in the photographs include: Moose Johnson, Edgar Bigelow, Dan Sutherland, Bob Ellis, J. H. Bender, Mrs. Carl Selberg, and Harry A. Wertz. Places depicted in the photographs include: Eagle Mountain, Mulldrow Glacier, Eldorado Creek, Moose Creek, Thompson Pass, and Monument Hill. Mining companies mentioned on the photographs include the Copper Mountain Mining Company and the Kantishna Hydraulic Mining Company.

The collection was presented to the archives by Margaret Poynter in 2005. A deed of gift was signed in 2005. A photograph was added to the collection in 2007.

JAS (12/2007)

Photograph list:

1. Moose Johnson in front of tent cabin door; n.d. (3 X 4.5 inch).

2. Moose Johnson next to cabin with beaver pelts on boards; n.d. (3 X 4.5 inch).

3. "Edgar Bigelow at Kantishna mining camp. 1st summer in Sept. Eagle Mt. in background. Nozzle man." Man and dog; n.d. (3 X 5 inch).

4. "Mulldrow Glacier, Copper Mt. District. Taken from Copper Mt. Mining Co's cabin in Kantishna; n.d. (3 X 5 inch).

5. "Canyon, Eldorado Cr., Kantishna. Where water is obtained for sluicing & hydraulics. Eldorado Creek under 1/2 mile from works" Creek and rocky canyon; n.d. (3 X 5 inch).

6. "Another ferry, Moose Cr., Kantishna. Dan Sutherland and Mrs. Lillydale of the Kantishna District, formerly Shamrock (now Eureka on Moose)" Man carrying woman on back across creek. Mine buildings in background across creek; n.d. (3 X 5 inch).

7. "Thompson Pass, Valdez Trail. Tony Tates Stages & Mrs. Ike Taylor & children." Man, woman and two small children next to their automobile on pass road; n.d. (3 X 5 inch).

8. "Eureka Cr., Kantishna. Mrs. Ellis & Bob Ellis, Asso. of Mr. Dan Sutherland and Jake Huve in Kantishna Hydraulic Mining Co., at mouth of Eureka Creek near hydraulicking plant." Man, woman, and two dogs; n.d. (3 X 5 inch).

9. "Ferry, Moose Cr., Kantishna. J. H. Bender in ferry on Moose Creek, in Kan. district." Man on small ferry boat crossing creek; n.d. (3.25 X 5.5 inch).

10. "Mt. sheep in Kantishna. Given me by R.A.A." Five Dall sheep in mountain valley; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5 inch).

11. "Moose Cr., Kantishna. Moose Creek Valley. Sluices of Kantishna Hydraulicking Camp." Distant view of hydraulic mining operation in center; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5 inch).

12. "Break in pipe line, Kantishna Mining Co. Power obtained from Wonder Lake, 4 mile away. Hydraulicking pipe, Kantishna Co." Mist of water from broken pipeline; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5 inch).

13. "Caribou on top of Monument Hill" Distant view; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5 inch).

14. "Monument Hill, Kantishna. Mrs. Carl Selberg at Monument Hill. Approach Mt. McKinley, about 20 miles away." Woman sitting in front of rock monument; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5 inch).

15. "Mountain Sheep, Kantishna District, Alaska." View of four Dall sheep in mountain valley; A. Johnson Photo; n.d. (Photo post card, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).

16. View of Dall sheep on mountainside; n.d. (3.5 X 5.5 inch).

17. "Moose's mine shaft, Portage Creek. This is our new mine tunnel that we started in August. You can see the solid black slate formation above the tunnel and we have plenty of big mine timbers right handy and easy to get. This new tunnel is just 10 ft. above Portage Creek as the rock tailings go right into the Creek. Moose Johnson" Close-up of mine shaft entrance; n.d. (3.5 X 5.75 inch).

18. "Moose's partner, rainbow trout dried for dog food. This is my partner, Harry A. Wertz, with some of the fish, rainbow trout. They are from 12 inches to 20 inches long and go from 1 lb. to 3 lbs. and we catch them mostly for dog food in Bear Lake right at our main camp. We also eat quite a few ourselves in the summer time. Don't they make you hungry for some? Moose Johnson" Man and two dogs next to long string of fish; n.d. (3.25 X 5.5 inch).

19. "This was taken of me on Oct. 12-1939 on 5th Ave. at Anchorage Alaska with my new camera which is just like the other one I list. From Moose Johnson, Chulitna Alaska" Moose Johnson in winter coat and fur hat (3 X 5 inch).

20. "New P. Office in Anchorage. $1 million, July 1940" Federal building in downtown Anchorage (2.75 X 4.75 inch).