Collection dcm-186 - Overland Trail collection

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Overland Trail collection

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CA dcm dcm-186

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b&w photos, colour slides, report

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The Overland Trail, or Yukon Stage Line, was built as a dependable winter transportation route between Whitehorse and Dawson City. Travel had been over the ice on the Yukon River and had proven difficult because of varying ice conditions and the inherent delays during freeze-up and break-up. In 1902 the Yukon Territorial Government contracted White Pas & Yukon Route to build a road totally over land except for the river crossings. By fall of that year the road was finished to a specified 12 foot width and a distance of 330 miles, 70 miles shorter than the river route. Roadhouses and stables were built every 20 - 25 miles in order to accommodate passengers and to enable the method of relaying horses to be employed in the western American style of stage lines.

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Barbara Hogan and Greg Skuce investigated nine possible roadhouse locations and two farms on the northern section of the Overland Trail during the summer of 1994. The northern section is defined as the area between Dawson and the Stewart River.

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Not to be reproduced without written permission from the Dawson City Museum director.

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