Fun, Fun Fun!!

Fun, Fun Fun!!

Sunday, June 8 - Touring Dawson City (Dawson City, YK Canada)


The left camp and headed into town.

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Our 1st stop was visitors center. We picked up some info and saw 2 films.

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It’s shops are painted to look like old buildings.

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Dawson is a 10 to 12 day paddle from Whitehorse.

One of the boats are docked here next to the Yukon River.

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Dawson City lives and breathes the rich history of its past. When gold was discovered in Rabbit Creek (later renamed Bonanza Creek) in 1896, a town-site was staked at the mouth of the Kolndike River and Dawson City was born. Dawson boomed almost overnight, with 6,000 people arriving before winter that first year. Thousands more came when the first ships arrived in American Ports with Klondike Gold. Near the end  of the nineteenth century, Dawson City had a population of over 30,000. Dawson’s current population is about 2,000.

After walking around the town we drove to “The Dome”. You can get a real good 360 view of the city from up here.

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Then we drove up to the Dredge #4.

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Not long after the gold was discovered, dredges were brought into the Yukon. The first one was in the fall of 1899. This was one of the two dozen dredges that worked this area.

We are taking the ferry when we leave tomorrow across the Yukon River.

This is the ferry

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It should be interesting.

I will now have to go back into town to post todays and yesterday’s blog. Then we are grilling chicken for dinner.


Trent and Teresa said...

You are really getting up north!!

It looks like you guys have the whole city to yourselves ... lol.

Isn't that funny how one day you will see so much wildlife, and then the next there is none to be found!!

Safe travels ... TnT

JB said...

Most of the town is original not many new buildings there in the last hundred or so years. Dredge #4 was just shut down because the price of gold was pegged at $32/oz and it wasn't making much cash. Not sure what the haul would be today but when I last figure it out back in 1996 they would be making about $300,000/day if they had started it back up then. Probably double that today, if not more, but what an environmental disaster they were.