Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Schwatka, Frederick

Male 1849 - 1892  (43 years)


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  • Name Schwatka, Frederick 
    Born 29 Sep 1849  Galena, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 22 May 1883  Portland, OR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    departure date and location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1886  Alaska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mt. St. Elias climb 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1891  Alaska; Yukon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    trip to Fort Selkirk from Juneau, AK, via Taku River and Teslin Lake 
    Died 2 Nov 1892  Portland, OR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Association Homan, Charles A. (Relationship: Colleague) 
    Person ID I50  Camera Workers | S, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant charged with exploring Alaska and the Yukon, he descended the Yukon River. He published newspaper and magazine accounts of his trip following his return and also a book in 1885, Along Alaska's Great River. Photographs accompanying Schwatka's publications on the 1883 expedition were taken, according to Sherwood, by Charles A. Homan. Schwatka described these photographs in a 1900 book on their journey.

      Two later expeditions to Alaska included a sublimely absurd attempt to scale Mt. St. Elias in 1886 and a trip to Fort Selkirk from Juneau via the Taku River and Teslin Lake in 1891.

      Schwatka Lake, Yukon, is named in his honour. The camera Schwatka took on his 1886 Mt. St. Elias climb was donated in 1955 to a museum of the University of Alaska (Fairbanks?).
    • REFERENCES: Schwatka (1900); Wright (1976); Coutts (1980); Sherwood (1992); Webb (1993); (Seattle, WA) Alaska Weekly, 1995 11 11/2 ("Rare Camera Given to Alaska Museum").