Photo, Print, Drawing James Minano Cabin, Slate Creek at Middle Fork of Koyukuk River, Coldfoot, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, AK
About this Item
- James Minano Cabin, Slate Creek at Middle Fork of Koyukuk River, Coldfoot, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, AK
- Contributor Names
- Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
- Minano, James
- Minano, Sucklarlook
- Creech, James, field team
- Hoagland, Alison K, field team
- Schara, Mark, field team
- Faulkner, Sandra M, historian
- Lowe, Jet, photographer
- Created / Published
- Documentation compiled after 1933
- Subject Headings
- - Asian Americans
- - domestic life
- - log cabins
- - lumber
- - sod roofs
- - Alaska -- Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area -- Coldfoot
- Latitude / Longitude
- - Significance: Although prospectors had begun venturing up the Koyukuk River by the mid-1880s, the first surge of settlement in the region occurred with the overflow of Klondike stampeders in the late 1890s. By 1899, a collection of cabins had been built where Slate Creek flowed into the Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River. The settlement was christened Coldfoot. The town reached its peak in 1902, with an estimated population of 500. James Minano was a Japanese trader and whaler who had disembarked in Barrow, where he subsequently married an Eskimo woman, Sucklarlook. In 1903, he and his family accompanied his friend and fellow immigrant Frank Yasuda on a prospecting trip to the Koyukuk, where James Minano got a job in Coldfoot as cook. The Minanos settled in the town, raising four children and cultivating an extensive gardening operation which sold vegetables to miners. The Minano Cabin is thought to have been constructed ca. 1915, built of traditional horizontal log construction. The house incorporated an unusual amount of sawn lumber (floor boards, ceiling, root cellar walls), perhaps salvaged from nearby abandoned buildings. The roof consisted of sod laid on planks, typical of northern Alaska. By 1924, the Minanos were the only remaining residents in Coldfoot. By 1984, the building was abandoned and in a state of disrepair. It was then one of only two surviving historic buildings in Coldfoot. The cabin has since collapsed.
- - Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N2130
- - Survey number: HABS AK-23
- - Building/structure dates: 1915 Initial Construction
- - Building/structure dates: after 1984
- Photo(s): 7
- Measured Drawing(s): 1
- Data Page(s): 7
- Photo Caption Page(s): 1
- Call Number/Physical Location
- HABS AK,23-COLFO,1-
- Source Collection
- Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- Control Number
- Rights Advisory
- No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
- Online Format
- Photo(s): 7 | Measured Drawing(s): 1 | Data Page(s): 7 | Photo Caption Page(s): 1
- Creech, James
- Faulkner, Sandra M
- Historic American Buildings Survey
- Hoagland, Alison K
- Lowe, Jet
- Minano, James
- Minano, Sucklarlook
- Schara, Mark
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Chicago citation style:
Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, James Minano, Sucklarlook Minano, James Creech, Alison K Hoagland, Mark Schara, and Sandra M Faulkner, Lowe, Jet, photographer. James Minano Cabin, Slate Creek at Middle Fork of Koyukuk River, Coldfoot, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, AK. Alaska Coldfoot Koyukuk Census Area Yukon, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ak0055/.
APA citation style:
Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Minano, J., Minano, S., Creech, J., Hoagland, A. K., Schara, M. & Faulkner, S. M., Lowe, J., photographer. (1933) James Minano Cabin, Slate Creek at Middle Fork of Koyukuk River, Coldfoot, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, AK. Alaska Coldfoot Koyukuk Census Area Yukon, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ak0055/.
MLA citation style:
Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographer by Lowe, Jet. James Minano Cabin, Slate Creek at Middle Fork of Koyukuk River, Coldfoot, Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, AK. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ak0055/>.