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Dawson City Historical Complex

The story of the Klondike Gold Rush is an exciting and important chapter in the development of the Canadian north. One aspect of this story is the ability of the newcomers to address and meet the special challenges they found in the Yukon. The adaptation of imported mining techniques and social structures, the development of specific legal and administrative forums, and the remarkable individual stories of success and failure are all a part of this story.

Dredge #4

Not long after gold was discovered in the central Yukon, dredges were introduced to the region. One of two dozen dredges that worked this area, Dredge No.4 rests on Claim 17 Below Discovery on Bonanza Creek near the spot where it ceased operations in 1959. Dredge No.4 is the largest wooden hull, bucket line dredge in North America and is a significant example of corporate industrial mining in Canada.

Robert Service Cabin

This two-room log cabin, set amidst the willows and the alders on the lower slopes at the eastern end of the town, has long been a tourist attraction. Here, Robert W. Service, bard of the Klondike, lived from November 1909 to June 1912. During this time he wrote his melodramatic novel, The Trail of Ninety-Eight, and composed his third and final volume of Yukon verse, Songs of a Rolling Stone.

S.S. Keno National Historic Site of Canada

The S.S.Keno National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the hundreds of riverboats that plied the waterways of Yukon. It was part of a fleet which played a major part in the history of the territory. Without the river boats, the gold of the Klondike and the silver, lead and zinc of the Mayo district would have remained in the hills for at least another half century, and the development of the Canadian West and North would have suffered in consequence.

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