Capturing a Century of Natural Resource Change Through Repeat Photography
Inspiration Point from the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad in 1899 taken by HC Barley NPS, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Sidney West Collection
Inspiration Point from the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad in 2014 NPS photo/R. Karpilo & S. Venator
What has changed at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park since the days of the Klondike gold rush more than 100 years ago? Within the area of the park's present-day boundaries thousands of stampeders have come and gone. Cities have emerged and disappeared. One boomtown has transitioned into an historic site. But what about the backdrop for these human dramas? How have the landscapes changed since the last great gold rush? During an inventory and monitoring project conducted in 2013 and 2014, researchers followed in the footsteps of the stampeders using a technique known as repeat photography to help answer that question.
What is Repeat Photography?
The historic photographs selected for this project were taken between 1894 and 1925, with the bulk taken by professional photographers from 1897 to 1899. They were obtained from many locations, including the park's archives and historic photo library, Library and Archives Canada, University of Washington, U.S. Geological Survey, Yukon Archives, photo collections from other institutions.
Interested in learning more about repeat photography and changing landscapes in other Alaska National Parks? Visit Denali NPP and their Exploring Land Cover Change Through Repeat Photography project.
A Changing Park
Check out the USGS Repeat Photography Project to see how the technique is used in climate change research at Glacier National Park, Montana.