The Klondike Weekly, Dawson City, Yukon Territory

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12/18/98 - The Overland Trail
Travel from Whitehorse to Dawson City certainly isn't as exciting as it was at the turn of the century!

11/27/98 - Robert Bruce Banks and the Clara Nevada Disaster
A collection of moving letters brings a family's struggle and tragedy during the Klondike Gold Rush to life.

06/26/98 - A Watery Grave - Drownings in the Yukon & Alaska
With tens of thousands of cheechakos on the trail to the goldfields, accidents along the waterways of the North were inevitable.

06/12/98 - Joe Ladue, Founder of Dawson City
After working in mining areas throughout the West for 20 years, Joe earned a fortune almost overnight, then died 3 years later.

05/08/98 - Canadian Heroes of the Klondike Gold Rush
The Klondike gold fields drew people from all over the world - here are some of the most famous Canadians, listed by home province.

05/01/98 - American Heroes of the Klondike Gold Rush
The Klondike gold fields drew people from all over the world - here are some of the most famous Americans, listed by home state.

04/24/98 - Before the Klondike Gold Rush
The area now known as the Yukon was home to people with a vast trading network long before the arrival of missionaries, fur traders and goldseekers. By Ken Spotswood.

03/27/98 - Boxing in the Klondike
All the excitement of professional boxing, as practised in Dawson City at the turn of the century. By Darrell Hookey.

03/20/98 - Margaret and Marie
Disputes over gold mining could get out of hand, as the battle between Margaret Mitchell and Marie Fotheringham shows. By Darrell Hookey.

03/13/98 - Yukon River Sternwheelers - the F. H. Kilbourne
Only a steel skeleton remains in Carcross to hint at the life of this steam towboat that came across the White Pass on horse-drawn sleds.

03/06/98 - Death and Disappearance on the Yukon River
Hundreds of people have headed for the Yukon or Alaska and vanished without a trace - this chilling tale explains what may have happened to one group in 1905.

02/27/98 - Christianity Arrives in the Yukon
The story of some of the dedicated preachers who came to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. By Delores Smith.

02/27/98 - Yukon Indians and the Klondike Gold Rush
The lives of the First Nations peoples of Alaska and the Yukon were changed forever by the steamroller of humanity hell-bent for the gold fields. By Ken Spotswood.

02/13/98 - John Leonard, Klondike Balloonist
Between 1899 and 1903, Leonard brought the thrills of aerial acrobatics to the Yukon and Alaska.

01/02/98 - Stampede Routes to Klondike Gold
We'll start off this year by reprinting an 1897 map and 1898 descriptions of the various ways to get to Dawson City.

12/19/97 - Women in the Klondike
Ken Spotswood presents a large article on the lives of several of the women who arrived during the Gold Rush.

11/28/97 - Northern Placer Gold Stampedes
Although the Klondike and Nome get all the attention, gold rushes were a common occurrence 100 years ago.

11/14/97 - The 1898 Yukon Act
At the peak of the Klondike gold rush madness, the Yukon Territory was created by the Yukon Act. The complete text is here.

10/24/97 - Sternwheelers of the North - the Canadian
A biography of one of the best-known of the 250 boats that worked on our rivers.

10/03/97 - From Tent to Drawing Room
George and Martha Louise Black played important parts in the political history of the Yukon.

09/12/97 - Tons of Gold!!
The Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898 was triggered by the arrival of two "treasure ships" Excelsior and Portland in San Francisco and Seattle. Who and what was on those boats?

07/25/97 - Northern Roadhouses - An Introduction
From tents and dugouts to relatively luxurious 2-storey log buildings, roadhouses were a vital part of life for most early prospectors.

06/27/97 - The Dawn of a New Era - Yukon River, 1896
This is the complete 1896 Annual Report for the North-West Mounted Police, written 4 months after the Klondike gold was discovered.

05/16/97 - Rails to Riches
Railroads had been crucial to the development of Canada and the United States; despite the engineering difficulties, over 100 railroads were organized to tap the vast resources of the new frontier.

05/09/97 - The Life of Jack London as Reflected in His Stories
Although Jack London found no gold in the ground during his Klondike winter, he became one of the most famous writers of his day, primarily as a result of his tales of Northern adventure.

04/18/97 - The Klondike Rainmaker
At the turn of the century, it was commonly believed that with the proper application of "science," anything, even the dry Yukon weather, could be overcome.

04/11/97 - Maritime Ghosts of the Klondike
As word of the Klondike gold discovery spread, all kinds of boats were patched up and chartered to go to Alaska. Most of those vessels reached their destinations; this is the story of two that didn't.



 

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