Jim Robb

A tribute to Peter Risby

I always had a lot of respect for the late Pete Risby. Every time I talked to him it was a pleasure and, also, interesting. Like a lot of old-time mining people, he had an interesting outlook on life.

Art Johns nominates Smokey Guttman for the Colourful Five Per Cent

I was glad to receive Art Johns' suggestion to have recognition for Smokey Guttman's accomplishments. Guttman's photo appears at the right. Guttman's Museum of Nostalgia is an essential stop for Yukoners and visitors alike.

Johnny Joe was a witness to the Klondike Gold Rush

This photograph is of the late Johnny Joe displaying some of his photographs at his Marsh Lake home.

where is this bridge located

The Tagish community association recreation directors, Wendi Dawson or Lesli Barnes, would like to know where and when this photo was taken. To me, it looks like the old Tagish Bridge. Anybody out there know for sure? Please write in and help them out.

memories of dawson city in the 1960s

A letter from Palma Berger I will quote a few lines from Palma Berger's letter to me. "I have just now got around to reading the Yukon News papers that had accumulated while I was away.

is this an early whitehorse saloon

Because the photograph to the right was taken by E.J. Hamacher, a pioneer Whitehorse photographer, I believe the photograph of a saloon interior was probably of a Whitehorse establishment.

‘Knife wielding, gunslinging cowboy’

This headline is both a comment and quote from Brent Liddle of Haines Junction. Well, all kinds of people have their beliefs and Larry (Cowboy) Smith has his.

Interior of the P. Burns and Company butcher shop in Whitehorse

I believe this photograph taken by E.J. Hamacher, the early Whitehorse photographer, shows the interior of the Burns Building that still stands on Main Street.

a possible identification of cabin and dog team

Ian R. Church, of Whitehorse, has an interesting comment on the possible identification of the beautiful dog team and its owner.

an appreciation for mike mancinis memories of tramline and no cash

Harvey Burian evidently really enjoyed Mike Mancini's interesting and unique stories of growing up and living in a silver camp.

regarding recognition for guides of the alaska highway and canol road

This photograph is of Liard Tom and wife Ada outside their cabin beside the Liard River on their trapline located 18 miles upriver from the Upper Liard Bridge.

i took ye for an injin

This drawing by the famous western artist Frederick Remington shows his type of humour of the 1890s with a touch of a racial comment of the times. Injin is usually spelled Injun in past publications and is pronounced like that in old movies, etc.

where was this cabin located

In the November 3 column I mentioned this cabin was near the North Fork power plant on the Klondike River.

tramline and no cash memories

Mike Mancini, of Keno City, tells some of his cherished tramline and No Cash memories. This is a very interesting insight into his early mining camp life. Many thanks to Mancini for this.

taking down yukons most famous tramline

Horst Moritz sent some interesting information and photographs taken in 1975. He helped take down Yukon's most famous tramline - Calumet to Elsa. It ran on gravity only, no power involved.

regarding the late frank slim and liard tom

I received a wonderful letter from Angela (Tom) Carlick, an 82-year-old Kaska elder, telling me about her dad, the late Liard Tom, and her mother Eda.

sourdough thermometer

Jack McQuesten invented the sourdough thermometer that became famous all through the North in the early 1880s. He developed the idea during the start of the Fortymile gold camp.

he swallowed

Years ago, Captain Dick Stevenson discovered his first toe, housed in a bottle at a cabin on Miller Creek, Yukon territory.

the first bank to arrive in the klondike

I believe the Bank of British North America was the first bank to arrive in Dawson City. It served the eager stampeders. The Bank of Commerce arrived next.

doris gates talks about the bonanza hotel

More information on the Bonanza Hotel, which originally was the Melbourne Hotel in the gold rush days.