Cooper William F. (w1767)
Caribou Bill and Missouri Kid loading their photo supplies preparatory to starting on their overland trip from Valdez, Alaska to Seattle, Wash., Dec. 9, 1908 (Alaska's Digital Archives)

Cooper William F. (w1767)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: Caribou Bill
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: -
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Sledge, Slitta, Luge
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: -
  • Internet: Visit Website
  • Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: On a World Tour with a Dog Team, New York Times, May 23, 1910.

Bill and his dogs started from Nome in October, 1908, on a four years’ globe-trotting jaunt, and has been since trekking eastward, stopping now and then to rest himself and his animal friends and to have a little fun on the way.

Incidentally, Bill’s friends say he left Nome without a cent in his pocket, for one of the stipulations, if he is to win a purse of $10,000, said to have been offered by the Nome Sweepstakes Association, is that he must earn his own way around the world by Dec. 25, 1912.
New York Times, 23.05.1910

William F. Cooper, known as Caribou Bill, came to Saranac Lake about 1910 and set up a small studio complex on Edgewood Road. He had traveled here from Seattle, Washington, via Washington, DC, and New York City, purportedly by dog sled, having started out to circumnavigate the globe by dog sled in fulfillment of a ten thousand dollar challenge by the Nome Sweepstakes Association.