After spending two wet days in Tombstone, and hearing about the Dempster highway from those who had “Done the Dempster” we headed to Dawson City, and hour and a half west of Tombstone.
Dawson City was the center of the Gold Rush and the reason the Yukon was settled by the White man. Gold was discovered on Bonanza Creek in 1897 and the gold Rush began. Up to 30,000 people lived in Dawson at one time, and it was considered the Paris of the North in its hey day. Today there are about 1000 residents, who are supported by mining and tourism. Dawson City has had a lot of buildings restored to their original look, and the whole town feels a bit like an open air museum. Only one road is paved, and it is on the outside of the town.
We toured the museum, 6 of the preserved buildings as well as the SS Keno steamship. The only Casino in the Yukon is in Dawson, and has nightly entertainment featuring Diamond Tooth Gerties. Dawson is so attached to its historical setting, that there are petitions in town to prevent cell phone towers and service from being installed, lest the community atmosphere be destroyed by selfish people on their cell phones!