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Windham Chief Consolidated G. M. & M. Co. Photograph Collection, ca. 1918.

Identifier: PCA 293

Scope and Contents

The 51 photos (approximately 4x5 in size) showing camp life at the Windham Chief Con. G.M. and M. Co. mine, ca. 1918. Most of the photos are captioned. The collection includes a small map showing the location of the Windham Chief Con. G.M. and M. Co. Photographs include mining and mining camp scenes, scenic views of the Inside Passage and miscellaneous Northwest Coast areas, miscellaneous California residential scenes and a map titled, "Map showing location of the Windham Chief Con. G.M.and M. Co." with inset: "Plan showing assay values of the Apache and Navajo claims of the Windham Chief G.M.and M. Co.


  • ca. 1918



Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for viewing, however, because of its fragile condition, the photographs may not be photocopied.

Conditions Governing Use

Please use gloves when handling. Request for permission to publish or reproduce material from the collection should be discussed with the Librarian.


The Windham Chief Consolidated Gold Mining Co. was formed to work the Apache and Navajo claims near the head of Spruce Creek but spent much of 1900 fighting legal battles among owners. These squabbles were smoothed out when Amos Raymer became interested in the ground. In 1901, preparatory work was done and a road was built from the beach to haul machinery to the mine site. About $5,000.00 was spent that year. In 1903, Pat O'Neil spent the summer driving two tunnels into the veins and testing the ore in a 2-stamp prospecting mill, with less-than-anticipated results. The next year, 1904, R.V. Rowe found ore and in September Raymer gave a tunnelling contract to Tom Cutler and Jack Panns for the Apache claim. Rowe drove another tunnel on the Apache during 1905 but that was the last interest shown in the property for many years. By the end of 1905 there were four tunnels with about 400-500 feet of workings and a 20-foot deep shaft on the Windham Chief property. (Adapted from Earl Redman's "History of the mines and miners in the Juneau gold belt," p. 221.)


68 Photographic Prints

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

In 1988, the Alaska State Library purchased this album from Barry Cassidy Rare Books in San Francisco. The album has no provenance.


Windham Bay, Alaska.

Processing Information

The photos are in fair condition. They are numbered within the abum and interleaved with tissue.

Finding aid for the Windham Chief Consolidated G. M. & M. Co. Photograph Collection, ca. 1918.
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Repository Details

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