I made the painting above more than 30 years ago. It was one of several I painted in Carcross. The others were of the Matthew Watson Store, the dining room of the Caribou Hotel, John Johns’ old cabin, and one called Caribou Crossing.
Visiting the town of Carcross has always been a pleasure. It has unique charm and very special people. The Klondike discoverers mostly came from the Carcross-Tagish area; that’s unique in itself.
When I visited Carcross recently, Jamie Toole gave a friend and me a tour of the Caribou Hotel, which he is restoring. I think he is doing a great job and I’m sure it is going to be a must-see place and a great attraction to the area. It’s good to have this kind of project happen in the Yukon. The old Caribou Hotel and bar did have its charm, but it was time for change and restoration.
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