Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

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Whitehorse plays an important role in the Alaska gold rush of 1886 and the following years, providing river transportation via paddlewheel steamboats down the Yukon River to the gold fields near Dawson, and then for for another couple of decades until the Alaska Highway in the early 1940s made steamboats and river transportation redundant.

Whitehorse is the capital of Canada's Yukon Territory, named for the White Horse Rapids of the Yukon River which today are long gone as result of building a hydro electric power plant in 1958.

The city of Whitehorse was an important river port in the Klondike gold rush in 1896 and the following years, connecting the seaport Skagway, Alaska, and the northern territories of the Yukon Territory and especially Dawson City. Since 1900 the White Pass & Yukon Railroad connected Skagway and Whitehore, but before that the gold prospectors were simply walking across the White Pass or Chilkoot, carrying tons of supply by foot or with horses and mules.

Beautifully restored, the historic S.S. Klondike is a must-visit attraction at Whitehorse. Also worth a visit is the Yukon Transportation Museum.

Today, about 23,000 people are living in the city of Whitehorse. Check Explorenorth.com for a detailed history of Whitehorse.

 


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