100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

US – Canadian Survey Team In Alaska

For years the Alaskan boundary remained unsettled between Russia and Britain and continued once Alaska was purchased by the US in 1964. The dispute was an intense US/Canadian issue in the early 1900s. Prime Minister Laurier and President Roosevelt each agreed to a 6-member tribunal to settle the land claim. The tribunal consisted of 3 Americans, 2 Canadians and 1 British. Survey teams were sent out along the disputed boundary.

On July 15, 1912 the combined British and US survey team posed for a photo at the Alaska-Yukon border at the Arctic Ocean.

Englishman John Davidson Craig – Queen’s University (right) and the American Thomas Riggs Jr – Princeton(left)
At the Alaskan border – Yukon
July 15, 1912

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