Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada

points of interest:

Starting as early as 1901 - when the Whitepass and Yukon Railroad from Skagway to Whitehorse was completed - Carcross operated as the transfer point to the Southern Lakes excursion steamboats like the S.S. Tutshi for Alaska cruise ship passengers.

Even in the early 1900s Alaska was already a popular tourist region and thousands of tourists enjoyed steamboat cruises on the Southern Lakes from Carcross every year. Excursions usually were offered from Carcross to Ben-My-Chree (Tagish Lake) and Atlin (Atlin Lake).

For a short period of time Carcross bloomed as gold was discovered at the Klondike and at several spots even close to Carcross starting in 1897. The place then was still called Caribou Crossing. "Carcross" became the official name in 1904. Today's population of Carcross is just above 400.

Though Carcross is a very small town, it holds a wonderful piece of steamboat history, the remainings of the steamer S.S. Tutshi (pronounce: too-shy).

Explorenorth.com has written a good piece about the history of Carcross and also some historic photos, including pictures from the steamboat Tutshi.

 


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