A last plea for the historic Ross River footbridge

A last plea for the historic Ross River footbridge This bridge should be considered as a historic site, entitled to preservation in the same way as Bear Creek near Dawson City and the burnt remains of the SS Tutshi in Carcross. Ross River has no museum t

This bridge should be considered as a historic site, entitled to preservation in the same way as Bear Creek near Dawson City and the burnt remains of the SS Tutshi in Carcross.

Ross River has no museum to maintain; lets call the bridge the beginning of their new museum, long overdue, covering First Nations history and the WWII Canol project.

The Yukon government spends a considerable amount of money on museums: four in Whitehorse, plus those in Dawson City, Teslin, Keno, Mayo, and Carcross. Not to mention the spending on large government departments working to preserve our history and also to attract tourists.

Sorry, I just can’t accept this feeble judgment by our minister. The late Flo Whyard who is remembered for her numerous books about Yukon history was also a remarkable newswoman and politician. She did not hesitate to press forward with imaginative ideas to preserve our past: notably the MacBride Museum, the Old Log Church Museum, the Transportation Museum and the Beringia Center.

Therefore, government of the Yukon, make the right decision: this amazing relic of the Canol project should be left alone until funds are available to repair and maintain it.

It would be an appropriate historical investment, in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway and the remarkable Canol project in 2017.

Pat Ellis

Whitehorse

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