A Stalwart Dog Survives the Chilkoot Avalanche

      The notation in an old album read: "Shorty Fisher's dog Jack who lived 8 days under a snowslide." The picture speaks volumes about the role of the sled dog in the North. On April 3, 1898, tons of wet snow buried hundreds of stampeders struggling up "The Scales" in the Chilkoot Pass. Volunteers dug for days to rescue the living and retrieve the dead. Jack the dog was among the living, and by the time the picture in the album was taken on April 30, he was back in the harness, hauling supplies to the gold fields. Mongrels of all sorts were pressed into service, but a good sled dog was worth its weight in gold.

Back to index of stories.
Used with permission.
Gold Rush Centennial Task Force, State of Alaska.

Homepage I Alaska's Gold Lode I The Discovery of Gold I Traveling to the Gold Fields
Gold Mining I Daily Life Our Legacy I The Edgren Saga I Gold Rush Stories
Image Archives I Teacher's Guide I LinksI Contact Us

Alaska's Gold was developed through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission by the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development.  1999.  All rights reserved.   Alaska Gold Themes written by Cristine Crooks, Alaska Consultants in Education.  Alaska's Gold Themes website developed by WEBDesign.