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William W. Thumser collection
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Scope and Contents This collection contains 12 monthly pocket diaries that William W. Thumser used to record his experiences while traveling the "All-Canadian Route" to the Klondike Gold Rush. His diary entries begin with his departure from Athabasca Landing on May 2, 1898 and continue daily as he describes his travels on the Slave, MacKenzie, and Rat Rivers, wintering at Shacktown, and ends at his camp near Bell City on April 30, 1899. He describes the rain, snow, and bitter cold weather; mosquitos, bear...