This photograph perfectly captures the energy and personalities of this lively bunch of students. Taken in 1946, it shows a school trip taken by a Whitehorse school basketball team down to Skagway, Alaska. By the depth of snow, this picture may have been taken in the White Pass. But why was it taken? Possibly their train journey was halted for some reason (the deep snow?) and they all decided to get out and pose for a few snapshots. There is a remarkable range of facial expressions, amazing outfits and hairstyles, and informal groupings of friends. And the photographer is having his own picture taken, by one of the students standing in the doorway of the train car!
The photograph was taken by Rolf Hougen, a Whitehorse businessman and entrepreneur who, in addition to his many local business ventures, is an avid photographer and amateur filmmaker. In the years since he first came to the Yukon in 1944, he has documented the people, communities, events and daily life of the Whitehorse area and beyond. His photographs are a delight to explore.