- Keith Halliday
Episode 17 - Klondike Kate
Klondike Kate was the most famous of the women who graced the stages of Dawson's dance halls. Her fascinating life story is layers of popular myths, hard realities and enduring mysteries. Join us to find out why the New York Sun said "Klondike Kate is a legend, and legends, unlike old soldiers, neither die nor fade away."
Photo: Klondike Kate, around 1900 or 1901
Sources, maps & reading
Another famous portrait of Kate, courtesy Alaska's Digital Archives
Portrait of Kate's business and romantic partner, Alexander Pantages, as a young man at the University of Washington Libraries collection
Gold Diggers of the Klondike: Prostitution in Dawson City, Yukon 1898-1908, by Bay Ryley
Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush: A Secret History of the Far North by Lael Morgan
Frontier Spirit: The Brave Women of the Klondike by Jennifer Duncan
History Hunter: It was Klondike Kate vs. Klondike Kate on TV, Yukon News article by Yukon historian Michael Gates
Free-Spirited Klondike Kate Mined Life to Its Fullest, by Cecilia Rasmussen in the LA Times
Photo above in the public domain from Wikipedia Commons.