A True Gold Rush Story: The Edgren Saga - One family's journey during the Klondike Gold Rush

     One by one, the letters of Jesse Edgren and Mae Bennett Edgren sent to their family from March 1898 to July 1899 tell a fascinating story. During the Klondike Gold Rush there were hundreds of stories like this. We know this story because the Edgren Family saved their collection and made it public by donating it to the Alaska Historical Collections in the Alaska State Library.

About the Edgren Collection

     The Edgren Papers are held by the Alaska State Library's Alaska Historical Collections. Please contact them to obtain information on permission to reproduce images.

     The letters in the Edgren Saga were written personally from Jesse Edgren and Mae Bennett Edgren to their family in Wisconsin. They did not know that 100 years later people would read the letters. But the letters let us have a very personal look at the day-to-day life and death struggles of people who traveled to Alaska and the Yukon seeking gold. Some of the letters have been transcribed (typed) to make them easier and faster to read. (Tips for reading handwritten letters.)

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