S.S. Keno, Dawson City

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The towboat S.S. KENO, which transported lead, cinc and silver ore between Stewart City and Mayo Landing in the 1920s, has been preserved and is now part of a museum exhibit about the mining history of the Yukon Territory.

None of the original steamboats from the gold rush era have survived. But the S.S. Keno comes at least close, having been built at Whitehorse in 1922 the S.S. Keno represents a typical vessel from her time and is one of the few remaining historic paddlewheel steamboats in the US. The Keno was moved to her present berth on the Dawson City's waterfront in 1960.

Clearly, at that time the era of steamboats had found an end. The S.S. Keno was the last steamboat on the river and when moved downstream to Dawson in 1960, the crew even had to dismantle the top deck of the steamer to clear the Alaska Highway bridge. The Road has replaced the river in means of transportation, trucks had replaced the riverboats, very obviously.

Check the Parks Canada website for more historic details about the SS Keno.

Related: Yukon & Chena Rivers


S.S. Keno National Historic Site
Front St. and Queen St.
Dawson City, Yukon Territory YY0B 1G0, Canada
phone: (867) 993-7200
geo: lat. 64.062018; long. -139.434335
Opening Hours: open year round, summer programming from June to mid-September.

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