Trains provide fascination and nostalgia for many people. Roy Minter (1916-1996) was no exception. Arriving in the Yukon in 1955, Minter joined the White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) Corporation in 1957. He wrote and lectured extensively about Yukon and Alaska, and was involved in many development and promotional activities. His comprehensive book, The White Pass: Gateway to the Klondike, was published in 1987. It was his hope that whenever possible, the company’s archival records would be deposited at Yukon Archives.
Today, tourists can find decorated railway spikes for sale at many historic tourist locations. Back in 1964, Minter was keenly aware of the power that the Klondike Gold Rush and the WP&YR had on individuals. Here we see Kenny Shortt (Whitehorse News-Advertiser editor’s son) after having traded with Minter. Shortt received this genuine ’98 White Pass railway spike. Minter got a cracking good “steelie” to enable him to win any marble game on the block. When asked for comment, Minter said, “It was a plus deal. Both Kenny and I are satisfied.” The happy look on Kenny’s face leaves no doubt about his attitude on the deal.