Document 3: Inga Kollen, Dyea Trail, 1898

Melanie Mayer, Klondike Women: True Tales of the 1897-98 Gold Rush (Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press, 1989), p. 78.

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March 29, 1898. Today we moved from Canyon City to Sheep Camp. ..The snow has turned to water, so progress has been very difficult. Ida and I pulled a loaded sled together through the canyon and heard many comments about it...Some of the men took off their packs and laughed at us. March 30, 1898. It has snowed and rained all day and water has come through our tent so many of our provisions are wet. It is uncomfortable and unhealthy to live in a tent under these conditions. We must hope that real soon this will be better.

Inga Kolloen's diary, on the Dyea Trail


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