'The jewel of the southeast': Alaskans join forces to restore abandoned lighthouse

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Emerging from the waves at the foot of the mountains on an uninhabited island about an hour south of Haines, in southeast Alaska, stands a relic from the Klondike gold rush.

The Eldred Rock lighthouse was built in the early 20th century after the Clara Nevada, one of the many steamships that operated between the South and the Yukon, and then the interior of Alaska, headed into a winter storm on Feb. 5, 1898.

It was said to be carrying between 40 to 60 passengers, a crew of about 40, up to 800 pounds of gold and an illegal load of dynamite.

The Clara Nevada ran aground near Eldred Rock in 1898,

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