Albert Visits Alaska – 1911

The US Territory of Alaska was not often visited until the discovery of gold in the Yukon in 1896.

From 1897-1904, thousands of prospectors headed north in search of adventure and riches.

Although more than 3 million ounces of gold were eventually recovered, few prospectors grew wealthy.

One consequence of the gold rush was that access to Alaska grew exponentially, and tourism followed.

In September of 1911, Albert was touring the Pacific northwest.

From Seattle, Washington, Albert mailed a postcard to his friend, Miss E. B.Kinsey (Ella).

Ella lived (or was staying) in Cape May, the ocean-side resort in southeast New Jersey.,_New_Jersey

The face of the postcard is a photograph of the small city of Juneau – hugging the coast beneath mountains.

Juneau was a territorial capital since 1906, and the state capitol since 1959. There are no roads or highways into this region; the municipality is larger in area than the state of Delaware.,_Alaska

The postcard was published by “Hopf Brothers, Importers” of Seattle; the postcard was printed in Germany.

On the reverse, Albert reports that “just got back from Alaska”.

The traveling party “will leave here tonight for Victoria Canada”.

In closing, Albert sends love to Ella.

One hopes that Ella was delighted by the picture from Alaska, that Albert returned safely from his travels, and that the two remained friends and correspondents for many years.


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