But there were notable motivations at hand that nudged flying into the public consciousness, and particularly, gave rise to some of the first bush flights. Gold was discovered near Alaska's Klondike River in the late 1800s, which resulted in a boom in Alaska's population. It drew not only of money fiends and gold prospectors, but also individuals with a general desire to inhabit the pristine land. By July 18th, 1922, when a World War I veteran named Roy Jones brought his open-cockpit, 180-horsepower Curtis plane (the aptly-named Northbird) to start a commercial airline service in Alaska, flight was seen as the finest method for traveling past the land's treacherous mountains, dense forests, and unforgiving snow tundra--essentially, "the bush." Miners were flown to different mining towns, photographers were given the chance to document Alaska's enormous topography and tourists were given the chance to see the picturesque woodlands from the air. Jones encountered countless tribulations for the next couple of years--including individuals, unfamiliar of the new-fangled machinery of flight, walking into whirling propellers--but he proved that Alaskans benefited from having a strong-willed, jack-of-all-destinations pilot willing to navigate over the bush.