"This was the first ship sailing for the Klondike from Seattle during the gold rush of 1897. Crowds of anxious gold seekers watch the loading of their outfits, clothing, kits and provisions into the hole of the 'Williamette.'"

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"This was the first ship sailing for the Klondike from Seattle during the gold rush of 1897. Crowds of anxious gold seekers watch the loading of their outfits, clothing, kits and provisions into the hole of the 'Williamette.'"

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Nice Early Edison
1 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Loading Baggage for Klondike (1897)

According to the Library of Congress, this film was shot on August 8th, 1897 in Seattle, WA as a ship was getting ready to head to the Klondike during the infamous gold rush. At just 25-seconds the camera is set on the dock and watching one bit of luggage being picked up and put on the boat. That's pretty much it but you really don't watch a movie like this for its story, acting or directing needless to say. The fascinating thing when watching movies like this is that there's just so much history there in front of your eyes. Many people are walking onto the boat and who knows if any of them struck gold and gained their dreams of becoming rich. Who knows how many even survived or managed to get back to Seattle. It's interesting to see the various outfits being worn during this era as well as the way the luggage is being put on the boat. There's certainly nothing ground-breaking here but those interested in the history of early movies will find it entertaining.


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