May 3, 2013

1948 color film footage of goldrush town, Skagway, Alaska

onderful color film footage of the old gold rush town of Skagway, Alaska, taken in 1948! The footage was transferred to YouTube from a 16mm home movie.

Besides fantastic viewing of the town in its rustic state, here are a few moments in the footage I personally found very interesting.

At minute 2:26 - Martin Itjen's "streetcar." Note the sign "Soapy Smith's Museum." Owners, Geroge Rapuzzi is in the drivers seat while Jack Greisbach stands outside the bus.

At minute 2:39 - Jeff Smith's Parlor.

At minute 2:41 - Soapy Smith's Skull.

"Keep an open mind…and people will throw a lot of garbage into it."
— Keith C. Cobb, Exceptions to the Rules


1568: French forces in Florida kill hundreds of Spanish soldiers and civilians.
1802: Washington, the District of Columbia, is incorporated.
1855: Macon Allen is the first black-American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
1873: Manuel Fernandez is the first in Arizona territory to be legally executed, for the murder of Mike McCartney, a Yuma store keeper.
1882: President Chester Arthur threatens martial law due to the lawlessness in Cochise County, Arizona Territory.
1888: Florence, Arizona Sheriff Peter Gabriel, shoots and kills Joe Phy, an ex-deputy. Both men had been drinking in a saloon previous to the fight. Although wounded in the groin and chest, Gabriel recovers and is exonerated on grounds of self-defense.
1888: Thomas Edison organizes the Edison Phonograph Works. 

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