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Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

Dawson City, officially the Town of the City of Dawson, is a town in the Canadian territory of Yukon. It is inseparably linked to the Klondike Gold Rush (1896–99).

The current settlement was founded by Joseph Ladue and named in January 1897 after noted Canadian geologist George M. Dawson, who had explored and mapped the region in 1887. It served as Yukon's capital from the territory's founding in 1898 until 1952, when the seat was moved to Whitehorse.

Dawson City was the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush. It began in 1896 and changed the First Nations camp into a thriving city of 40,000 by 1898. By 1899, the gold rush had ended and the town's population plummeted as all but 8,000 people left. When Dawson was incorporated as a city in 1902, the population was under 5,000.

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    Canadian Bank of Commerce
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    Residence of the Commissioner of the Yukon Territory in Dawson City. The White Pass and Yukon Route.
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  • 1895 - The Yukon is made into a provisional district separate from the Northwest territories.

    fccs.ok.ubc.ca/about/links/resources/canadian-history/1868-to-1918.html

  • 1896 - Gold discovered in the Yukon's Klondike


  • 1898 - BIG FIRE AT DAWSON. KLONDIKE WOMAN'S MANIA FOR THROWING LIGHTED LAMPS CAUSES A $500,000 CONFLAGRATION.
    Skaguay, Alaska, Nov. 7. - Returning Klondikers arriving in this city today bring the news that the City of Dawson has been visited with a $500,000...Read MORE...


  • News 1899 - DAWSON CITY BURNED. Entire Business Section Destroyed on April 21. 111 BUILDINGS IN ASHES.
    Loss Variously Estimated at From One to Four Millions.

    City Helpless Till Navigation Can Be Resumed - People in a State of Panic After the...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - GREAT FIRE AT DAWSON.
    Part of the Business Portion of the City Destroyed - Great Suffering Likely to Follow.

    SEATTLE, Washington, Jan. 16. - The steamer Danube at...Read MORE...


  • News 1904 - FIRE SWEEPS DAWSON.
    SEATTLE, Washington, Sept. 24. - The largest fire since 1899 occurred at Dawson last night. The loss is estimated at a quarter of a million dollars,...Read MORE...


  • 1916 - Dawson / Dawson City
    Dawson, or Dawson City, a river-port of the Yukon district, Canada, is on the right bank of the Yukon River, below the mouth of the Klondike, and is...Read MORE...


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    The Palace Grand Theatre
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    Pearl Harbor Hotel
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Canadian Bank of Commerce
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Residence of the Commissioner of the Yukon Territory in Dawson City. The White Pass and Yukon Route.
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The Palace Grand Theatre
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  • 1895 - The Yukon is made into a provisional district separate from the Northwest territories.

    fccs.ok.ubc.ca/about/links/resources/canadian-history/1868-to-1918.html
  • 1896 - Gold discovered in the Yukon's Klondike
  • 1898 - BIG FIRE AT DAWSON. KLONDIKE WOMAN'S MANIA FOR THROWING LIGHTED LAMPS CAUSES A $500,000 CONFLAGRATION.
    Skaguay, Alaska, Nov. 7. - Returning Klondikers arriving in this city today bring the news that the City of Dawson has been visited with a $500,000... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - DAWSON CITY BURNED. Entire Business Section Destroyed on April 21. 111 BUILDINGS IN ASHES.
    Loss Variously Estimated at From One to Four Millions.

    City Helpless Till Navigation Can Be Resumed - People in a State of Panic After the... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - GREAT FIRE AT DAWSON.
    Part of the Business Portion of the City Destroyed - Great Suffering Likely to Follow.

    SEATTLE, Washington, Jan. 16. - The steamer Danube at... Read MORE...

  • News  1904 - FIRE SWEEPS DAWSON.
    SEATTLE, Washington, Sept. 24. - The largest fire since 1899 occurred at Dawson last night. The loss is estimated at a quarter of a million dollars,... Read MORE...

  • 1916 - Dawson / Dawson City
    Dawson, or Dawson City, a river-port of the Yukon district, Canada, is on the right bank of the Yukon River, below the mouth of the Klondike, and is... Read MORE...

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