Longtime Carcross resident Willard Phelps believes “the old photograph was taken between 1910 and 1926,” not in the 1930s or 1940s as I stated in an earlier column.
He also says the Matthew Watson Store building came from Conrad, sometime after 1906. It was dragged over the ice from Conrad.
Notice the Matthew Watson Store looks to be in two sections, and just past the Caribou Hotel in the centre of the photo, “was the Scott Hotel that was there until about 1926 and could have
burned down,” said Willard.
Also, “The Caribou Hotel burned down around 1908-1909 and (was) rebuilt in 1909-1910.”
The late Mickey McCarthy took this wonderful old photograph.
A big thank you to Willard Phelps for correcting the date on this great early Carcross photo.
I also appreciate his knowledge and input on the town’s history for my column.
Photograph from the Jim Robb collection.
Anyone with information about this subject, please write Jim Robb: The Colourful Five Per Cent Scrapbook — Can You Identify? c/o the Yukon News, 211 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon,
Y1A 2E4, or e-mail through the News