With all due respect to the Hanot family, I thought it was my true misfortune to have been assigned the unfortunate task of indexing this collection. After a quick perusal of the collection, I saw mostly pails, pulleys, sluices, and gold scales. Four gold scales to be exact. In short, lots and lots of photos of mining doodads, thingamajigs, and doohickeys.
Turns out though, that I’m not so unfortunate after all, in that the collection took a turn to the mildly interesting with this photo of a man (with an outrageously large moustache) and woman canoeing a flooded street in Fairbanks.
For a less recreational view of the flood that hit the Interior during this time period (possibly May 1911), look at the damage that occurred to local businesses such as the Dominion Commercial Company. The impact it had on Fairbanks must have been devastating.
MVP (Most Valuable Photo) goes to the one of the skull graffiti commemorating George Buchanan, a Detroit coal merchant who began bringing boys and girls to Alaska on adventure trips in 1923, continuing these excursions for approximately 50 kids every summer for 15 years. His goal was to help young people learn the art of earning and saving money. To accompany Buchanan on these special excursions, a young person had to earn one third of the cost of the journey. The parents could pay one third and Buchanan contributed one third. If necessary he assisted the would-be adventurer to earn his share of the costs. (https://www.wpyr.com/history/facts.html)
So among the mining doodads, I uncovered a moustached man paddling a flooded street and a skull drawn on a mountain to celebrate a generous, adventurous man. I sluiced out some gems among the dirt!