J [ohn] M. Vanderblit


John Muir


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01073[4]up the quartz locations and at the same time very little is being done towards opening up the various ledges. They will wait I presume till possession is gained of every thing of value. The pl[illegible] are quite extensive and some pay quite handsomely, about 300 men are [thus?] employed – we have a large shore there and do the bulk of the trade which is quite considerable. Mr. Spuhn remains there most of the time. Three separate parties of men have gone into the interior country by way of Chilcoot this summer to prospect for gold most of them provisioned to remain there till next year, they are mostly new miners in the country recently arrived from Arizona & other places provided with money & determined to find gold if it is in the country. The two east parties employed 125 indians to pack outfits over the divide to the lake beyond – a distance of about 25 miles from salt water.


Kilisnoo, near Sitka, Alaska

Date Original

1882 Aug 14


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0886

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