May 16, 2010

Jeff Smith's Parlor in Finland?

The photo and some of the information below have been added to the main website page Soapy's Saloons.

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Jeff Smith's Parlor

The above photograph was not taken in Skagway, Alaska but in the "Auria" Tankavaara Gold Village - Sodankylä, Finland! It was a decade or more when I first learned of this location and it was posted in the old website but I note that it is not mentioned in this blog. The village is where the world championship gold panning competitions are held annually. As part of the atmosphere the promoters built one building to represent the history of the major gold rushes. Jeff Smith's Parlor proudly represents the Klondike gold rush.

The site where the photo was found is Waymarking, a site devoted to cataloging and mark­ing on maps interesting and useful locations around the world. The Parlor is in the section for exact replicas.


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