On July 7, 1916, Colonel Webb Hayes, accompanied by his wife Mary Miller Hayes and 18-year-old nephews Dalton Hayes and William Platt Hayes, began a 53-day journey that would extend west to Yellowstone Park, Seattle, Washington, north to the Arctic Circle, and as far south as the Mexican border.
Most importantly, it was an opportunity for the colonel to explore Alaska and the Yukon, one of the few places he had never visited. Below are some of the photographs they took. Today they are part of the Colonel Webb C. Hayes Photograph Collection at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums.
|Colonel Webb and Mary Miller Hayes looking down on Juneau.|
|Learning How to Pan for Gold|
|Dredging Operation on Bonanza Creek|
|Fish Wheel Used by the Tlingit to Catch Salmon on the Yukon River|
|Jim Haly's Roadhouse in Fort Yukon was a Popular Gathering Place for Residents and Anyone Traveling Through the Fort Yukon Area. Haly, a French Canadian, Operated the Roadhouse from 1901 - 1918|
|"White Horse"Steamship that Plied the Waters of the Yukon and Tanana Rivers from 1901 to 1930|
|Passengers on Board the "White Horse" with the Hayeses as They Head up the Tanana River|
|Colonel Webb and Mary Miller Hayes pose at the White Pass and Yukon Route, where the Railroad was Built in 1898 During the Klondike Gold Rush.|
|Tlingit Family Preparing to Bring in Salmon Nets|