Along Alaska's Great River; A Popular Account Of The Travels Of The Alaska Exploring Expedition Of…

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byFrederick Schwatka

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... almost equal to the Yosemite or Yellowstone in stupendous grandeur. I was very anxious to determine beyond all reasonable doubt the relative sizes of the two rivers whose waters unite just above old Fort Selkirk, as upon this determination rested the important question whether the Pelly or the Lewis River of the old Hudson Bay traders, who had roughly explored the former, ought to be called the Yukon proper; and in order to settle this point I was fully prepared and determined to make exact measurements, soundings, rate of current and any other data that might be necessary. This information, however, was unnecessary except in a rough form, as the preponderance of the old Lewis River was too evident to the most casual inspection to require any exactness to confirm it. The ratio of their respective width is about five to three, with about the ratio of five to four in depth; the latter, however, being a very rough approximation; the Lewis River being superior in both, and for this reason I abandoned the latter name, and it appears on the map as the Yukon to Crater Lake at its head. At old Fort Selkirk nothing but the chimneys, three in number--two of them quite conspicuous at some distance--are left standing, the blackened embers scattered around still attesting the manner of its fate. From the careful and substantial manner in which the rubble stone chimneys were constructed, this Hudson Bay Company post was evidently intended to be permanent, and from the complete destruction of all the wood work, the Chilkat Indians, its destroyers, evidently intended that its effacement should be complete. The fate of this post has been alluded to in an earlier part of the narrative. Here we remained two or three days, making an astronomical determination of position, ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... almost equal to the Yosemite or Yellowstone in stupendous grandeur. I was very anxious to determine beyond all reasonable do...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217771831

ISBN - 13:9780217771832

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