This past week has found me exploring the colorful frontier town of Dawson City, famous for the Klondike Goldrush of 1898. It isn't my first time in town but I still found ways to keep my mind busy and active while staying here. The 100 year old buildings reflect a different time and place when things were built with calloused hands, old growth wood, steam and iron. The gold once mined from the hills here provided enormous wealth for some but most miners were left poor or in debt once the decline hit and mining went commercial and industrial.
Today it is the tourism during warm summer months that mines the gold. Active claims still continue but downtown is a parade of tour buses, RVs and motorcyclists. Fortunately there are many sights and things to do during these long sunny days.
Dredge #4 is the largest wooden dredge in North America. Large as a football field and weighing 30'000 tons, the dredge was assembled multiple times on Hunker Crk and later Bonanza Crk leaving enormous tailing piless of overburden in concentric crescent hills.
The steamboat graveyard on the east bank of the Yukon is home to four deteriorating wooden steam ships. The splintered and rusting remains are accessible and mostly intact. It is a marvel nobody has accidentally set them ablaze. Once hauled out for the winter of ice, they remain silenced in their terrestrial graves.
Howdy to all those ADV FF's in Dawson at D2D!
In May 2014 I quit my job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 69'000 mi and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of my own meals, I keep the costs low and the landscape changing.