straits auction house dawson city

My first sketch of Strait's Auction House was in 1961, and while I was doing the sketch the old Bonanza Creek miner Harry Lehman walked by with his little dog.

My first sketch of Strait’s Auction House was in 1961, and while I was doing the sketch the old Bonanza Creek miner Harry Lehman walked by with his little dog. I believe he had walked all the way in from the creek to have a chat and a drink with his friends Ole and Marie Christenson at the Occidental Hotel, as I heard he occasionally liked to do.

The painting above was done in 2007. It’s one of my favourites. But this one was sketched at a different angle, which showed both a front and side view. In this one I liked how the yellow birch leaves contrasted with the rusty background. Harry and the Christensons are gone now, as is the Occidental Hotel, which, sadly, was torn down.

Strait’s Auction House dates back to around 1901. It was named after Ebenezer S. Strait who bought the half lot that it sits on and had it built. Strait used it as his principal residence and place of business until 1910. It’s listed as the only second-hand store and auction house in Dawson City during 1902 and 1903. For years, Strait operated a second-hand store at the location, carrying all lines of goods. A painted sign on its exterior advertised, “Groceries, guns, ammunition, hardware, tobacco, furniture, crockery, clothing and tents.” Strait left Dawson for good in the late teens. He apparently just locked the door and left town, leaving all his personal possessions and stock behind.

Different owners followed and today it now sits in a very bad state of repair. It has probably been one of the most-photographed buildings in the Yukon.

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.

Just Posted

Car crashes through Whitehorse school fence

2 people taken to hospital, no kids hurt

Tagish dog rescue owner asks for court order to get rid of dogs to be put on hold

Shelley Cuthbert argued forcing her to get rid of all but two dogs would cause ‘irreparable harm’

Yukon College officially unveils new $3.59M Whitehorse learning space

Innovation Commons designed to let the sunlight in

No vacancy: Whitehorse family spends five months seeking housing

‘I didn’t think it would be this hard’

Bedbug situation in Whitehorse building becoming intolerable, resident says

Gabriel Smarch said he’s been dealing with bedbugs since he moved into his apartment 15 years ago

The week in Yukon mining

Goldcorp re-submits Coffee plans, Mount Nansen sale looms, Kudz Ze Kayah comments open

Painting the past: Kaska artist explores his childhood in new show

‘I used to say I painted and I carved. But now I say it’s through my ancestors.’

Yukon hockey briefs

Dylan Cozens named WHL player of the week

Rain and warm weather makes for interesting Carbon Hill race day

‘I guess we all start getting used to this crazy weather.’

Ice, ice, baby: scaling a frozen Yukon waterfall

‘There’s a really transformative affect with adventure’

Delegate blunt about proposed location of cannabis retail stores

‘Marijuana has had a stigma of being a bad thing’

What does the NDP need to gain power once again?

The party will need to do some soul searching before we head to the polls again

Most Read