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Dawson City, Yukon Territory

Friday, June 8, 2007

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It is a beautiful, sunny morning! We drive up to Dome Hill, which is above Dawson City. The scenery from the Dome is incredible. You can see both the Yukon and Klondike Rivers from up here. A woman we meet up on the Dome tells us that this is where everyone in the area comes June 21 for the summer solstice. They watch the sunset and the sunrise from up here.
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There are piles after piles of gold mine tailings around the Dawson City area and they are easily seen from up here. (Tailings are piles of stones. The piles are probably 15-20 feet high, 15-20 feet wide and can stretch for hundreds of yards.) The tailings were deposited by gold dredges in the early 1900s.
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Then we drive down to Dawson City, have a snack by the river DSCF3101.jpg
and take the historical walking tour of the city. The tour guide is again wonderful, as all of the tour guides have been for our walking tours.
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After our 90-minute tour we go see a free movie about the Klondike good time girls. We ask if the movie is appropriate for children and she explains that it is about the dance hall girls during the gold rush, but also admits that she’s never seen the whole thing. Well, they do mention a dance hall girl or two in the movie, but the entire second half of the movie (which the guide admitted that she hadn’t seen) is about prostitution in the gold mine camps. Jere and I both wish we had skipped this movie. However, the 100 year old restored theatre is interesting to see.

After the movie we have a very late lunch at Sourdough Joe’s Restaurant. Food is so-so, but we like the name “Sourdough Joe’s”. I try to talk Joe into getting a Sourdough Joe T-shirt, but he wants nothing to do with it. We walk around the gift shops in towns and then head over to Jack London’s cabin. Jack spent a year in Dawson City during the Klondike gold rush; the year he spent here gave him the experience to write Call of the Wild and White Fang. The cabin was originally outside of town, but someone moved it into town in order to preserve it for history.
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We return to the RV, watch some TV, take a walk around the area, and then watch some more TV.

Posted by jengelman 08:43 Archived in Canada Tagged family_travel

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