Steve and Connie's Alaska Roadtrip 2015 travel blog

Totem on the riverfront, Whitehorse

Large copper nugget found near Whitehorse, 2590 pounds


Spent another day visiting this city. Yukon has approximately 33,000 residents, and 28,000 of them live in Whitehorse. Dawson was the primary gold rush town. Whitehorse was well positioned for transportation purposes. In the early days, the railroad came through here, as well as the steamships. Now the Alaska Highway comes through Whitehorse. Apparently no gold was ever found here, but much of the gold found elsewhere was transported through here. Dawson was the original capital of the Yukon. But after the gold rush was over, the town dropped to less than 1000 residents. The capital was moved to Whitehorse in the fifties. If you are in the neighborhood, worth a visit. At this time of the year, the smell of roses everywhere only improves things.



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