Old Map of Alaska, 1897 - Klondike Yukon Gold Rush - Inuit & Eskimos and Aleutian Islands
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A delightfully detailed and extremely rare map of Alaska, Yukon and Siberia originally published in 1897 - the year of the Klondike gold rush. And this... is a gold rush map!
Published in 1897 by the Alaska-Yukon-Klondike Gold Syndicate of Portland, Maine, the purpose of this map was to secure investment from investors around the US - to fuel the Syndicate's efforts of extracting lots and lots of gold.
In case you can't spot it, 'GOLD FIELDS' are written all over the map to highlight where gold is supposedly waiting to be extracted.
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x18 inches (30x40cm), 18x24 inches (45x60cm) and 24x36 inches (60x90cm), but it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90 inches (230cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 36x24 inch (90x60cm) version of this map.
The map shows all of Alaska in excellent detail, including the full set of Aleutian Islands. Parts of the Yukon (northwest Canada) are shown, focusing on the Klondike region. Eastern Siberia and the Bering Strait can also be clearly seen. Rivers, mountains and settlements are clearly marked. Notably, Anchorage would not be settled until 1912 - so it isn't on this map!
Many Eskimo/Inuit settlements can be seen, however, as can early settlements such as 'Wales' on the edge of the Bering Strait.
Probably the most unique part of this map is that it shows different 'routes' that gold rushers could take to the Alaska/Klondike region, if they wanted to join in. The 'Back Door Route' would take travellers all the way across the northern most reaches of Canada to get to the Klondike.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your hometown! Feel free to message me if you want to confirm if a certain town or village is on this map.
This would make a wonderful birthday, housewarming or Christmas gift for someone from Alaska or who is interested in the history of the Yukon/Klondike region.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes the map pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.