There are many stories about what life was like on the road to the gold fields. Many gold-seekers chose to get to the interior of Alaska or the Yukon by taking a steamship up the Yukon River.
Let's piece together the story of Captain A.E. LeBallister by reading selected entries from his Yukon Log written in 1898-1899 for the steamer John J. Healy.
Read the entries for clues about the trip.
Where did they start? Where were they going? What was the weather like? What daily things did the Captain record in his journal? Use a map of the Yukon River to plot the progress of the steamer. Try to imagine what it was like onboard the steamer for the passengers. What were the biggest dangers facing the steamer? What do you know about the month of September in Alaska? What do you think will happen?
Look at the pictures to get a sense of what life was like for a steamer traveling on the Yukon River. What impact on the environment do you think this might have had?