Article ID: CBB001794462

Tout le monde à bord pour le Klondike. Le merveilleux aéronautique et quelques projets de vols vers les gisements aurifères du nord canadien, 1897-1898 (2015)


In 1897, gold seekers from all over the world rushed to the Klondike, in what was then the Yukon district of the Northwest Territories. Reaching this isolated region of Northern Canada was difficult, however. There were no roads or railroads and the Yukon River was frozen much of the year. As a result, some aeronauts in the United States and France suggested that balloons be used to transport supplies from Alaska to the gold fields. In addition, a number of North American inventors, including one from Canada, proposed that airship designs they had put on paper be constructed in order to set up air routes to the Klondike. Newspapers and magazines published many articles about these proposals. Not one balloon or airship, however, flew to the Klondike during the gold rush. Indeed, none of the airships mentioned at the time were actually completed. A French team made it to North America with its balloon but the attempt fizzled out.

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Book Morse, Kathryn; (2003)
The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush (/isis/citation/CBB000471212/) unapi

Book Gregory Crouch; (2018)
The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West (/isis/citation/CBB473182661/) unapi

Article K. R. Aalto; (2017)
Philip Tyson's 1849 Study of California Gold Prospects (/isis/citation/CBB904353285/) unapi

Book Curtis, Kent A; (2013)
Gambling on Ore: The Nature of Metal Mining in the United States, 1860--1910 (/isis/citation/CBB001420380/) unapi

Chapter Moise, Robeson S.; (2000)
Balloons and Dirigibles (/isis/citation/CBB000102807/) unapi

Article Farley, Tom; (Summer 2008)
Gold: From Panning to High-Tech Mining (/isis/citation/CBB067847445/) unapi

Book Cassandra Mark-Thiesen; (2018)
Mediators, Contract Men, and Colonial Capital: Mechanized Gold Mining in the Gold Coast Colony, 1879-1909 (/isis/citation/CBB081623457/) unapi

Article Silva, Clarete Paranhos da; Lopes, Maria Margaret; (2004)
O ouro sob as Luzes: a “arte” de minerar no discurso do naturalista João da Silva Feijó (1760--1824) (/isis/citation/CBB000640166/) unapi

Article Hines, Elizabeth; Smith, Michael; (2006)
The Rush Started Here II: Hard Rock Gold Mining in North Carolina, 1825 to 1864 (/isis/citation/CBB000740884/) unapi

Article Hines, Elizabeth; Smith, Michael S.; (2002)
Gold is Where You Find It: Placer Mining in North Carolina, 1799-1849 (/isis/citation/CBB000470501/) unapi

Article Lawrence, Susan; Davies, Peter; (2014)
The Sludge Question: The Regulation of Mine Tailings in Nineteenth-Century Victoria (/isis/citation/CBB001421414/) unapi

Book Swinfield, John; (2012)
Airship: Design, Development and Disaster (/isis/citation/CBB001421276/) unapi

Article Grinëv, Andrei V.; (2014)
Foreign Ships in the Fleet of the Russian---American Company (1799--1867) (/isis/citation/CBB001422529/) unapi

Book Mi Gyung Kim; (2017)
The Imagined Empire: Balloon Enlightenments in Revolutionary Europe (/isis/citation/CBB938072321/) unapi

Article Crouch, Tom D.; (1971)
Thomas Kirkby: Pioneer aeronaut in Ohio (/isis/citation/CBB001180705/) unapi

Book Haydon, Frederick Stansbury; (2000)
Military ballooning during the early Civil War (/isis/citation/CBB001181753/) unapi

Book Scamehorn, H. Lee; (2000)
Balloons to Jets: A Century of Aeronautics in Illinois, 1855-1955 (/isis/citation/CBB000102159/) unapi

Article Crouch, Tom D.; (1970)
Up, up, and---sometimes---away (/isis/citation/CBB001180706/) unapi

Authors & Contributors
Hines, Elizabeth
Crouch, Tom D.
Scamehorn, H. Lee
Abney, Gene
Moise, Robeson S.
Smith, Michael S.
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Ohio History Journal
Journal of the Cincinnati Historical Society
Environment and History
Southern Illinois University Press
University of Washington Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
University Press of Colorado
Naval Institute Press
University of Rochester Press
Mines and mining
Balloons and ballooning
Aeronautics; aviation
Military technology
Airships; dirigibles
Feijó, João da Silva
Wise, John
John William Mackay
Tyson, Philip T.
United States
Alaska (U.S.)
North Carolina (U.S.)
Illinois (U.S.)
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment