Friday, April 29, 2011

Gus Brown

I traveled to the village of St. Michael recently.  While I was there I borrowed a friends ATV and went out exploring.  Out on the tundra near the edge of town I spotted this marble monument. 

I don't know anything about Gus Brown but I do know a little bit about St Michael's history.  Back in the gold rush days (around 1900) St Michael Alaska was a busy town with as many as 10,000 people.  Prospectors coming up to Alaska to look for gold would take a sailing ship up from the west coast of the USA, then to travel into the interior of Alaska they would get on a paddle wheel type steamboat and head up the Yukon river.  St Michael was the place where everyone changed boats.   It has a natural harbour to provide protection from the ocean and it is close to the mouth of the Yukon.



Aaron J. Brown said...

What an incredible piece of history and story. Almost seems like a great short story idea or something. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Birches was a small community down river from Tanana, on the North bank of the Yukon R.
Gus must have been a resident of St. Michael at times.
Mike Quinn