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Dawson City Gold Rush

Aug 17, 2007
Dawson City lies in the west of the Yukon Territory, roughly sixty miles from the Canadian frontier at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers.

Dawson City Museum gives an insight into the towns history as well as that of the Klondike from the start of the gold rush to the present day. A slide show about Dempster Highway gives a good impression of the only highway in Canada to cross the polar circle.

Few episodes in Canadian history have captured the imagination like the Klondike gold rush, and few places have remained as evocative of their past as, Dawson City the stampedes tumultuous capital. For a few months in 1898 this former patch of moose pasture became one of the wealthiest and most famous places on earth, as something like 100,000 people struggled across huge tracts of wilderness to seek their fortunes in the richest gold field of all time.

Diamond Tooth Gerties is Canadas first and most unique gambling hall and a prominent Dawson tourist attraction. The casino takes us back to the gold rush times with nightly live entertainment by dancing girls, and full casino facilities including slot machines, blackjack, poker, roulette and much more. Diamond Tooth Gerties is a gambling hall located in Dawson City in the Yukon, heart of the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800s.

All around the town are many sites where prospectors used to sift and pan for gold. Anyone wishing to follow in the footsteps of George Carmack can visit the spot by Bonanza Creek where he made his discovery claim. The Visitor Reception Centre in Dawson City will provide information about tours to the gold fields and mines in Bonanza Creek and Guggieville as well as in Bear Creek Complex eight miles to the south, the massive machines of which were still being used to quarry gold deposits until 1966.

In 2004, the Yukon government removed the mayor and the town council, as a result of the town going bankrupt. The territorial government accepted a large portion of the responsibility for this situation in March 2006, writing off millions of the debt and leaving the town with millions still to pay off. Elections were set for June 15, 2006. John Steins, a local artist and one of the leaders of the movement to restore democracy to Dawson, was acclaimed as mayor, while 13 residents ran for the 4 council seats.

The city has a sub arctic climate.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Dawson City Rental Site
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