Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada

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Dawson City has a strong background in steamboat history. Having emerged from a swamp at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers when gold was found there in 1896. But even after the gold rush, river traffic was lively and paddlewheel steamers had been the only comfortable way of travel until the early 1940 when eventually the Alaska Highway was built.

Dawson City's heydays are long gone, but still today gold prospectors are lucky every now and then in this area. Dawson's population is just about 1,300 but tourism is strong. By the way, to offial name of the city is just "Dawson", but tourists and travel guides usually refert to the city as "Dawson City".

Dawson was founded in 1897 as a result of the Klondike Gold Rush which started in 1896. At that time Dawson at some points had a population of over 40,000, dropping to under 5,000 after 1899 when the gold rush was over. Dawson has also been the capital of Yukon Territory until 1952.

At Dawson, don't miss to visit the 1920s historic paddlewheeler S.S. Keno.

More details about the gold fever era at Dawson can be found at Explore North, "The History of Dawson City. Archiesatterfield.com covers Dawson's times after the gold rush.


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