How Jack London's hut was divided between two countries

In 1897, a student at the University of California, Jack London, read in a newspaper about the "gold rush" in Alaska.

At that time, the financial affairs of the young student were completely unimportant. His dream was to be a professional writer. But newspapers and magazines did not spoil the novice author, he rarely managed to get published.

Jack's mother and stepfather could not support him, and the guy had to take on any job. And suddenly, the news that in Alaska, in the Klondike region, untold reserves of gold were found! How can a young romance resist, who is also exhausted by lack of money.

And Jack decided to go from warm California to harsh Alaska with the hope of finally breaking free from poverty.

In the spring of 1897, Jack sailed from San Francisco to the port of Skagway in southeastern Alaska. The harsh land greeted him unkindly. London and his companions did not even have the money to hire Indian porters and had to carry the entire load on themselves.

In Alaska, Jack London spent the harsh winter of 1897/1898. It must be said that luck did not spoil the young gold digger and the hopes for a quick enrichment did not come true. But fate once again tested his strength: Jack fell ill with scurvy, and he had to return back to San Francisco.

Returning home without gold, the aspiring writer brought with him another wealth: diaries with records of his impressions in Alaska. It was they who formed the basis of many works of London, which made him famous throughout the world.

If London had not become a great writer, no one would have paid attention to the modest hut on the banks of Henderson Creek, where the hapless gold digger spent the winter. In the 60s of the 20th century, a local postman discovered on the wall of a hut an inscription: “Jack London, miner, author, January 27, 1898.

Jack London's unusual autograph was recognized throughout the literary world, and two countries at once, the United States and Canada, declared their rights to the writer's hut. After lengthy disputes, it was decided to dismantle the structure and split the logs between the two countries.

From these two halves, with the addition of new logs, two huts were assembled, one of which was installed in the writer's homeland in Auckland, and the other in the small Canadian town of Dawson, famous for the famous "gold rush" at the end of the 19th century.