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Surveying the North
A Photojournal of Frank Swannell
by Jay Sherwood
Softbound, 11" x 11"
224 pages
100+ B&W photos
ISBN 1-894759-05-2
Retail Price $29.95

Considered one of the North’s most famous pioneer surveyors, Frank Swannell surveyed much of northern BC for the provincial government between 1908 and 1914, taking many striking photographs of the area and its people. Together with his journal, these images constitute the best record of the region during this period of enormous transition. His photos include portraits of the First Nations people, settlers, and other well-known people in the region, plus images of well-known historical routes such as the Grease Trail and Yukon Telegraph Trail. The many modes of transportation of the time, including sternwheelers and stagecoaches, are also chronicled through Swannell’s masterful lens. Author JAY SHERWOOD has culled the best photographs and journals to create SURVEYING THE NORTH, a vivid illustration of the North from 1908 to 1914. With an engaging text that brings the era to life, Sherwood creates an accessible and entertaining saga for the modern reader.