I thought to post this message (in part) as it gives a little Alaska history. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Mr. William Martin Woody went into Alaska over the Chilkoot pass, which was 3,600 feet from foot to summit. This was covered with ice at the time, into which steps were cut. Mr. Woody had two tons of provisions, eight Newfoundland dogs and a snow sled which had to be carried to the top of the mountain.
He consumed two months in getting ready to start on the opposite of the pass. However, he made forty miles per day when on good road and soon reached the Yukon River. Before reaching Dawson, it became necessary to build a boat as the ice was too thin to move a sled over. When in about fifty miles of Dawson, Mr. Woody saw his first gold dust and at that place he also had an opportunity of selling part of his provisions at a dollar and a half a pound, which he believed was a maximum price.
Upon reaching Dawson, the city in the midst of the great Kondike, he discovered that all the good claims had been taken up and that the Canadian government had fixed the limit of claims to 100 feet square. Mr. Woody floated down the Yukon River to the mouth of Mission Creek, 100 miles below Dawson and eleven miles below the Canadian line, where he laid out the townsite of Eagle. He served as the first mayor of this new town, which grew under his direction to a population of seven thousand inhabitants. In the summer of 1889, Captain Richardson, of Texas was sent up the Yukon to Circle, fifty miles below Eagle. Mr. Woody used his influence to get Captain Richardson to come to Eagle to establish his headquarters. Upon reaching the latter city, Captain Richardson awarded a contract to Mayor Woody to build a fort, which is known as Fort Egbert today, where Captain M. B. Stokes of the Tenth United Stated Infantry is situated. Mayor Woody and a young lawyer penetrated country which had never been explored. In the fall of 1899, he left Eagle floating down the Yukon to Fort St. Michaels on the Bering Sea.
This was part of an articale written by; Leota Miller (Mrs. Walter C.) 1950
also Homer Swayze. Both he & Leota (Mrs Walter C. Miller) are deceased.
copied by Nellorr Woody Haines (1963) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx