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Historical photo: Broke and hungry in Alaska

Posted: October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

There’s a bit of whimsey in the historic Harry E. Bonner Photograph Collection. This photo lists the subject, presumably Bonner, as “Broke, hungry, cold, homesick in the center of Alaska.” The Bonner photos, including some of Juneau and Douglas, were likely taken between 1900 and 1909. This collection was “compiled by Harry E. Bonner, Myrth Ida Storr, and one additional unidentified individual, in reflection of when Bonner and others came to Alaska circa 1900. The album contains approximately 200 images, mostly capturing differing views of Southeast and Southcentral Alaska from a miner’s perspective,” according to the Sealaska Heritage Institute site. Bonner, of Washington State, was a civil engineer for the Great Northern Railway; had his own mining engineering practice in Colville, Wash.; was the Colville city engineer; and was a Spokane County surveyor.” Quite a resume. “Overall, the album provides a rich look at the journeys of a miner during the early settlement of Alaska,” the SHI site says.

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