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Robert Service's most famous poem tells the tale of Sam McGee, a southerner who meets his fate on a frozen Christmas in the North. Little did his readers know that the famous Sam McGee was a real person.... Read more

Yukon History

On February 19, 1894, Herschel Island saw its first baseball game, but not its last. The lines were created using ash, and a sail was put up as a backstop. The officers played the crew, and the result was never recorded. Read more

Yukon History

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Klondike might not be cattle. But the men who moil for gold need to eat just like the rest of us, and an appetite for beef only grows the longer the carnivorous among us are away from it. The Read more

Yukon History

Joseph Burr Tyrrell arrived in Dawson City in 1898. The man who became known as the "Dean of Mining" and the "Conqueror of the Canadian North" already had enough adventures and achievements to fill several lifetimes before he arrived.... Read more

Yukon History

Renio had been a palm reader in Dawson City since her arrival in town in 1899. She operated out of a cabin on Second Avenue with a sign out front reading "MADAME RENIO, Palmistry, Card Reading, Astrology." Read more

Yukon History

In its early years, the congregation was led by Harry Pinkiert, a businessman from San Francisco. Pinkiert was described as a "hustling merchant", and the Dawson Daily News affectionately referred to him as "Pinkey". Read more

Yukon History

On Christmas Eve, 1900, the Monte Carlo Saloon in Dawson City was the place to be. Men from all over the world crowded the dancehall.... At the centre of it all was dancehall girl Kathleen Rockwell, "Klondike Kate." Read more

Yukon History

One of the interesting names on the map in Yukon history is Dead Horse Gulch. It's a name that has been well-earned. Read more

Yukon History

The quiet, reserved man - who became known as Buzzsaw Jimmy - encountered disaster time and time again. Working as a woodcutter for over 50 years.... Read more

Yukon History

Without the historical record and extensive documentation, we might swear it is impossible for these people to exist. (After all, there's only so much a person can cram into one lifetime.) "Klondike" Joe Boyle is one of these legendary figures. Read more

Yukon History