Larry & Cheryl's 2009 Travels travel blog

Trondek Hwechin Community Hall

Downtown Hotel

Restored Masonic Temple

Dawspm General Store had almost everything you need

Inside the beautiful old bank where miners brought their gold

Still set up like it was in 1898

Rebuilt Red Feather Saloon

Totally rebuilt to the last detail from a photo

Original Photo

Explanation of the sinking buildings

Perma Frost is sinking these buildings

Another sinking building

The Blacksmith's changing roll in the community

The Blacksmith's building

Fancy Westminster Hotel still being used today

The Aboriginal Cultural Center

Modern and ethnic design

Beading explained

Sample of modern beading

Replica of living quarters

Drying Salmon to store for later in the year

Chief Isaac didn't want to loose their culture while mixing with the...

Robert Service's log home in Dawson City

Parks Canada guide in period costume telling us Robert Service's history

Audience participation in the reading of Dan McGrew

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Robert Service first draft of Dan McGrew

Today was Tour the Town day with a Parks Canada guide dressed in period costume from its glory days of 1898. Some of the buildings were rebuilt after being destroyed in fires, some just restored. The Red Feather Saloon was rebuilt down to the smallest detail from old photographs. Other buildings were left in their state of distress to show what happens due to permafrost. She explained the changing roles of the people and vendors in town over the years.

When the gold ran out and there were reports of gold in Alaska, the sourdoughs moved on and the town diminished. The town was nearly a ghost town by the 1950’s when the highway was built on its way to Alaska. So the remaining people started restoring the town as a tourist stop. It was very interesting learning about the people of 1897 and how the town came to be, starting with the gold seekers and the vendors that followed; how the river was so important to transportation and the growth of the city.

The city grew on the Yukon River around the First Nations people, the Trondeks. They lived and worked peacefully with the Europeans & Americans that came for gold. Their chief did not want to loose their culture and moved them north of town to keep them from the debauchery & alcohol. We visited the Heritage Center that told of their history.

One of Dawson’s notable citizens was Robert Service, along with author Jack London, whose works were based on the stories from the sourdoughs and other pioneer people of frontier. We enjoyed an evening performance of Robert Service’s poems and a history of his life by a Parks Canada guide, also dressed in period costume. He treated us to the first draft (which was discarded) of the poem “The Shooting of Dan McGrew”.

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