The varmint Soapy Smith lived and died in the hellishly cold northland up by the Russian border and the Soapy blog blogs about a part of the Library of Congress subsite on the joint history of Alaska and Russia which contains
a goldmine of information, artifacts, documents and photographs on the Klondike gold rush era history.
I went prospecting in there and stumbled across a a dusty reading room with cowboy-era footage from Alaska. I especially liked an Edison clip from 1901 entitled
Rocking Gold in the Klondike.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1901
From a single-camera position, the film shows sluice boxes as they are operated by gold miners in the Klondike gold fields.
Cameraman: Robert K. Bonine; Location: Yukon Terr., Canada
Copyright H4088, May 6, 1901; 31 ft., FLA3065 (print) FRA0408 (neg.)
I though about posting the clip on Soupgreens.com, and then I thought of Marco Raaphorst’s Klankbeelds, where he does a soundtrack for a photograph, and I decided to do a little soundtrack.