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Accounts of the First World War often evoke images of the horrid conditions in the trenches along the Western Front in France, or the gas attacks and needless slaughter.
I came to the Yukon on an impulse while working my way through university. I had a good-paying but unsatisfying job working at the Calgary Brewery when graduate student Jim Bennett telephoned me.
Michael Gates As you travel the Skagway Road south of Carcross along Windy Arm toward British Columbia, you will pass by an old tramway tower standing on the hill beside the road.
Take a little poetry and some prose; add some music and a video, artist Jim Robb, a dash of Yukon history and stir well. What do you get? A fine afternoon of entertainment.
Last spring, Jeff Brady made me an offer that I couldn't refuse. Jeff is the proprietor of the Skaguay News Depot, the editor and publisher of the Skagway News.
When war was declared in August of 1914, many men stepped forward to volunteer. Thirty five of them joined the Boyle Machine Gun Battery and left Dawson City together.
When war was declared August 4, 1914, the communities of Dawson City and Whitehorse were quick to swing into gear in support of the patriotic cause.
Father William Judge, who became known as the saint of Dawson, once lamented: "You would be astonished to see the amount of hard work that men do here in the hope of finding gold...
"We all had read skimpy reports of European troubles in the Dawson Daily News, but Europe, really, seemed a planet or so away.
The "clean-up" represents the culmination of months, and even years, of work to extract gold from the frozen Yukon muck. The most highly organized of them all were those aboard the dredges of the Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation, or YCGC.
Summer is here. Whether you plan to relax at your cabin, your favourite lake or just on your back porch, it's an opportunity to curl up with a good Yukon history book and immerse yourself. Here are some you might enjoy.
Thomas W. O'Brien was laid to rest in the pioneer cemetery on the hillside overlooking Dawson City on the morning of August 28, 1916.
In early days of the Yukon's recorded history, the territory was isolated from the outside world.
That history doesn't have to be dull is a point made by Simon Winchester, featured guest author at the fifth annual North Words Writers Symposium, which was held in Skagway last week.
In its heyday, Dawson City was a wide open town. Liquor, gambling and prostitution all flourished during and shortly after the gold rush. At its peak, Dawson had 80 saloons operating day and night.
Fort Selkirk is the most perfect historic site in the Yukon. Located at the junction of the Pelly and Yukon River, and inaccessible by automobile, it remains an historical gem, passed over by time.
The silent movie films recovered from the Dawson City permafrost in 1978 have yielded another cinematic gem. Found among the 532 reels are four and a half minutes of footage covering the scandalous baseball World Series of 1919.
I first visited Fort Selkirk in 1976 while employed by the National Museums of Canada in Ottawa. I came on holiday to record construction details of buildings at the site for another government agency, the Canadian Inventory of Historic Building.
When I met Dick Bradley for the first time this week, I asked him if he felt like a real pioneer and he said humbly that he didn't think so, but in fact, he is.
I recently shared a book about pioneer Yukon women with my wife, Kathy.