Document 48: Letter from Herman Ferree to His Sister in Indiana

"Dyea and the Dyea Trail," VFMS, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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I never got ahold of money as easy in my life. It is booming more and more here. If there is anyone out there wants to come, I will guarantee them a job as soon as they get here at $5 and board, but there is bad storms and hard life....I can see down the canyon five miles, and every morning it is actually black with people. This is the most excitement the world ever knew.

—Letter from Herman Ferree, Sheep Camp, Dyea Trail, to his sister in Indiana, February 19, 1898; he worked at Chilkoot Pass, unloading sleds for the tramway.


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