Dawson City’s Palace Bakery

It’s the Palace Bakery, which once stood on the entrance to Dawson City. I found the Palace Bakery building interesting in 1961 so I sketched…

It’s the Palace Bakery, which once stood on the entrance to Dawson City.

I found the Palace Bakery building interesting in 1961 so I sketched and photographed it.

Also, at the time, I asked the late Victoria Faulkner about the building. Faulkner was doing research on Klondike history. She said Charles Burkhard delivered bread around Dawson by cart and the building was built in the early 1900s.

She was a wonderful researcher and person, and a long-time Yukoner.

The following letter by Irene Crawford, of Whitehorse and Dawson City, is very interesting and informative, and it shows where Irene’s “roots” were:

The Palace Bakery was owned by Charles Burkhard when my father, Fred Caley, bought it in 1941. He had a grocery store there and we lived in the back until 1947 when we moved to Third Avenue.

The north end on the alley had an brick oven made from bricks that came from somewhere up the Yukon River.

In 1939 or ’40, my husband, Hill Crayford, hauled more bricks and helped refurbish the oven.

The living room and big kitchen were at the back (off the alley). Bedrooms were upstairs, the garage was to the right off the kitchen and the grocery store was in front between the garage and cold storage warehouse.

There was a big basement where perishable foods were stored for the winter, such as apples, oranges, potatoes, onions, eggs, cheese and all canned goods that could not be frozen.

The building was in the south end of Dawson, west of Seventh Avenue, where the Dawson City B&B is now — 451 Craig Street.

It was torn down by Gordon Caley in ’76 or ’77.

There was no plumbing in that part of town back then so a pump in the kitchen for water and an outhouse in the backyard were “the order of the day.”

Irene Crawford

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