Rampart, AK: 1901.
Softcover. Very good-. 11.5 x 15 inches. Four-page newspaper insert dated September 1, 1901, promoting mining and investment opportunities in Rampart, presumably distributed with a regular issue of the weekly Alaska Forum. Rampart City was founded in 1897 as a supply point for gold placer mines south of the Yukon. News of strikes nearby triggered a rush to the community in 1898, swelling the population to as many as10,000 by some estimates. At its peak, Rampart boasted hotels, saloons, a library, fire department, hospital, and other businesses typical of a mining town. But within a few years, new strikes elsewhere depleted the population—leading to measures like this Extra to lure new prospectors. Despite such efforts, by 1903 only the native community remained. Folded off center and split along the fold, chipping and short tears at the margins, but overall a well-preserved example.