Let’s start at the beginning

Despite an abysmal weather forecast, the Yukon’s original people arrived here during the last Ice Age. The new land supported vast herds of mammoth, bison, horse and caribou, and it was here that people made their homes. 

Fast forward to the late 1700’s and people of the Yukon were busy with trade, supplying furs to markets in Asia, Europe and North America. Eventually Robert Campbell would establish Fort Selkirk for the Hudson’s Bay Company, an enterprise that would later be run out of town by Coastal Tlingit traders. 

Perhaps the best known era of the Yukon was 1896, when George Carmack, his wife Kate Carmack (Shaaw Tláa), her brother Skookum Jim (Keish), and their nephew Dawson Charlie (Káa Goox) found gold near Dawson City, launching the legendary Klondike Gold Rush. Soon thousands would arrive, making Dawson City one of the largest cities in the North West. When it all ended in 1899, prospectors had claimed more than 95 million dollars—that’s a whole lot of boots and beard oil. Unfortunately for most of them, leaving the Yukon dead broke was more common than not.