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Ruby, Alaska, Oct. 1911


Ruby, Alaska, in October 1911, one month after Billy Bowers arrived. Note many newly constructed buildings and canvas tents. The sternwheeler Sarah, with three barges, is just offshore. Photo by Basil Clemons. Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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