I recently found some photographs of the Dyea Trail that were taken pre-March 1898 and published in Harpers Weekly (March 12, 1898). Not much was written but here is a small sample.
"HOW THE TRAILS LOOK TO-DAY"
"The reading public is familiar with the difficulties which the van of the army of men now seeking fortune in the new gold-fields of the North met upon the trails of Skaguay and Dyea, on their way from the sea-coast to the head-waters of the Yukon River. Improvements have been in progress on these trails, and the on-coming crowds will fare much better than did the pioneers. Although the trails now lie buried in snow, and the men who are crossing are fighting a rigorous winter, yet transportation of freight is an easier matter than ever before...".
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