historic wooden bridge identified

Yes, I thought it had to be the old wooden Tagish Bridge and now Pam Buckway confirms it. Also, in her email she mentions Jack Gibson. He was a very intelligent gentleman.

Yes, I thought it had to be the old wooden Tagish Bridge and now Pam Buckway confirms it.

Also, in her email she mentions Jack Gibson. He was a very intelligent gentleman. I believe Gibson was the Yukon Department of Travel and Publicity director in the mid-1960s. He was instrumental in promoting and organizing the idea to have the late Bud Fisher tour around North America with stories about the Yukon, to encourage people to come visit our unique and beautiful North.

Fisher, who had spent many years around Mayo and Keno when younger, looked the part of an old mining pioneer, with his long white beard, Stetson, red shirt and overalls with suspenders. He usually packed a gold pan.

The Bud Fisher idea and concept proved to be a very effective way to promote Yukon history and tourism. It would have been great to have used something like the Bud Fisher concept when we were celebrating the centennial of the Klondike gold discovery. I believe the celebration should have been bigger and more successful for that very important event.

Thank you to Bev Buckway. Her letter follows:

Not sure who there this needs to go to, but the picture in Jim Robb’s column in the May 25 edition is indeed the old Tagish Bridge. This photo was one of several black-and-white photos of various places around the territory supplied by the Yukon Department of Travel and Publicity (now Yukon Tourism).

The timeframe would have been the mid-1960s. The department director at the time was Jack Gibson. It’s somewhat off-topic, but a set of photos, including this one, was posted at the old Tourist Information Centre in Beaver Creek, and I believe all the tourist information centres had the same set.

The one-room centre, which I supervised for two summers, was then located next door to Beat Ledergerber’s Beaver Motors, and had no plumbing. That old visitor centre was built to last – it’s now part of Buckshot Betty’s cafe in Beaver Creek.

Pam Buckway


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 email through the News website, www.yukon-news.com.

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