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    1897 Pacific Coast Steam Ship Company Alaska Excursion Souvenir Passenger Manifest Broadside. 10.75" x 17". A broadside issued by the Pacific Coast Steam Ship Company was intended as a souvenir of the journey aboard the S. S. Queen which departed Tacoma, Washington on July 23, 1897 bound for Seattle, Port Townsend, Victoria, Wrangel, Juneau, Takou Inlet, the Muir, Glacier, Killisnoo, and Sitka. The Pacific Coast Steam Ship Company was an early Western steamship company initially catering to miners of the California Gold Rush, then emigrants in general, and finally capitalizing on the Klondike gold rush. The broadside lists the names of nearly 500 passengers, including their hometowns. The passengers no doubt included miners, merchants, their wives, and possibly a few "ladies of the night" with an eye on making their fortune one way or another in Alaska. This voyage coincided with the initial frenzy of the recently announced Klondike gold strikes. The paper is slightly cockled with evidence of old fold creases and some light soiling and trivial chips along the edges, otherwise it is in very good condition. An ultra-scarce item, probably one of few extant and invaluable for genealogical research.

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