Throw Back Thursday: The First Filson Store, 1897

In 1897, the original Filson store was opened.  C.C. Filson's Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers specialized in goods made to outfit the stampede of laborers to the Klondike Gold Rush.  Tales of the cold and harrowing circumstances that persisted the Yukon were commonly reported.  According to the diary of Hume Nisbet, written in 1897, even the Spring season in the area was unbearable:"Try to recall your sensations on the coldest night you have ever known; try to intensify the most bitter ice blast that has ever pierced your marrow by a thousandfold; even then you will not be able to realize spring in the Chilkoot Canyon, far less midwinter on the Klondike."It was exactly thes...Read More