We drove up to the top of Dome Road whose viewpoint gave us almost a 360 degree vista. We could see Bonanza Creek & gold fields with the tailings left behind from the Dredge. We saw the area along the Klondike River near our RV park where it drains into the Yukon, and of course the mighty Yukon both heading towards town and away northward toward Alaska.
Dawson City came to be due to the Klondike Gold Rush. We kept hearing terms that I need to explain. “STAMPEDERS” are the people that rushed north to find gold. In California it was a rush, but in Canada & Alaska it was a STAMPEDE. A “SOURDOUGH” was someone who had been up here at least a year (they used to make sourdough bread over the campfire), and a “CHEECHAKO” (chi – CHA’ - ko) was the newcomer. If a Cheechako could last a year under those harsh circumstances, they became a Sourdough.
The town grew to over 20,000 with banks, stores, entertainment (bars & ladies) and most miners spent their gold in town and usually left town or died broke.
We had fun doing a little shopping in the old buildings that were filled with modern necessities, groceries and fun tourist items.
After dinner we all went to Diamond Tooth Gertie’s for an evening of entertainment, and included a couple we met earlier at another campground, John & Sharon. We had a good laugh when the Can-Can girls came down into the audience and sat on Bruce’s lap, mussing his hair. During the show Gertie would sing and the girls would dance, and then they were joined by a young man singing his love to Gertie.
Then the girls came into the audience again and one grabbed John from our table. Larry was laughing hard at John, until HE had a ruffled skirt thrown over HIS head. Then he and John were led up the stairs, with a couple others, to learn to do the Can-Can. Larry had fun and was a great sport. As a reward, the men could take the garter off of the girls’ leg – any way they wanted. With whoops and hollers from the audience, Larry got his garter with his teeth.