Maud Daudon

Shortly after the steamer Portland docked in Seattle in 1897 with a reported “ton of gold” from the Alaskan Klondike, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce hired Erastus Brainerd, an itinerant journalist, to establish Seattle as the best departure point for prospectors. Brainerd did such a good job of promoting “Seattle, the Gateway City to Alaska,” that thousands flocked to the city.