Alaska Gold Rush History & Genealogy

AKA Fortuna Ledge
Marshall's previous name, changed in 1984, from Fortuna Ledge, was a mining village in the 1800's & early 1900's, with mining operations in Wilson Creek, just down river from the Ledge.
Gold was discovered on nearby Wilson Creek in 1913. "Fortuna Ledge" became a placer mining camp, named after the first child born at the camp, Fortuna Hunter. Its location on a channel of the Yukon River was convenient for riverboat landings. A post office was established in 1915, and the population grew to over 1,000. Later, the village was named for Thomas Riley Marshall, Vice President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson from 1913-21. The community became known as "Marshall's Landing." When the village incorporated as a second-class city in 1970, it was named Fortuna Ledge but was commonly referred to as Marshall.



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