Agnes E. Boyd. About 800 of the prospectors heard that there was wood for building cabins on the Kobuk River. Having come this far with decent provisions, they decided that they would have a look before turning back.
By the end of the summer, the prospectors had found places from which they could prospect, several of which were located in what it now Kobuk Valley National Park. Men joined together to build cabins. There was competition among the camps for the honor of the most cozy, comfortable cabin, and the greatest hospitality.
Some of the men formed companies before the journey and had money from investors to start their businesses. Such companies included the Long Beach and Alaska Mining and Trading Company. Several companies had large river steamers such as the Angus E. Boyd and the Reilly. Steamers required exceptionally skillful captains to navigate the shallow waters and sand bars of the Kobuk River.