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bud fisher was a great yukon ambassador

We identified Bud correctly in the above left photograph, but not the truck.We have no information about the truck Bud’s standing by.

We identified Bud correctly in the above left photograph, but not the truck.

We have no information about the truck Bud’s standing by. But we mistakenly identified the truck in that April 14th column as the remains of one of the first “four-wheel-drive vehicles” noting it was “standing on top of Galena Hill.”

In fact, that honour goes to the truck pictured above right.

As many know, the late Bud Fisher had worked for the Yukon’s department of travel and publicity and was very effective as a symbol of colourful Yukon history — a very special ambassador to be sure.

Thank you to Doug Thomas and Don Curry for the following information:

Re Can You Identify?:

Bud Fisher arrived in the Yukon in 1929 from Pennsylvania, US.

He passed away at the age of 92 in 1992.

As part of his colourful life he became the Yukon ambassador who travelled North America, even to England.

He dressed and played the role of a Yukon prospector and told stories, about the way it was back in those days, which lured many tourists.

He did more for the Yukon than anyone to date.

He is sadly missed.

Bud still has one son, Clifford E. Fisher (Kip), and I believe four sisters, several granchildren and several great-grandchildren still in the Yukon — a very respected, hard working family.

The Yukon should be proud.

Gold Nuggie Dougie

Re Can You Identify?, April 14:

I recognize Bud Fisher standing by the old truck.

I knew him very well.

Unfortunately, the old truck you speak of is not a four-wheel drive.

I think it is a Ford Model T that belonged to Malcom McCown.

The old four-by-four you wrote about is sitting above Calumet on Galena Hill.

I first saw it in 1949 when I was a young man.

At that time it was still in good shape.

It has since been bulled over by a thoughtless Cat operator.

If you look on page 84 of Hills of Silver by Dr. Aaro E. Aho, you will see a picture of the truck and Mr. Warren McFarland.

It looks like the picture was taken at its last resting place. Bill Hare (my wife’s uncle) operated that truck hauling ore down from Keno Hill to Keno and then on to Mayo.

Bill and Nora Hare came to visit us in the mid 1970s.

We drove up from Elsa (where we lived) to where we had last seen the truck.

There was just a pile of rocks, dirt and parts of the old truck.

I think it made Bill very sad to see it like that.


Don Curry