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Yukon Territory: The Narrative of W.H. Dall, Leader of the Expedition to Alaska in 1866-1868 and the Narrative of an Exploration Made in 1887

ISBN: 9780404116941
Publisher: Ams Pr Inc
Publication Date: 1992-12
Number of pages: 438
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Excerpt from The Yukon Territory: The Narrative of W. H. Dall, Leader of the Expedition to Alaska in 1866-1868; The Narrative of an Exploration Made in 1887 in the Yukon District by George M. Dawson, D. S., F. G. S.; Extracts From the Report of an Exploration Made in 1896 1897 by Wm; Ogil

Great public interest during the past six months has been directed to that remote territory in the North-West corner of the continent of North America which may be geographically described under the comprehensive term of the Yukon Territory. And in the succeeding pages will be found all the information of economic and scientific value that so far has been gathered on the spot, and prepared for publication by trained and responsible observers acting in an official capacity.

In San Francisco last spring the present writer had the advantage of meeting a number of times with practical men - miners and prospectors - from the Yukon, who had come South for the winter season and were then returning northwards. Some of them were men known previously to the writer in Colorado and in other Western mining districts, but who since then had drifted off towards the arctic circle, in the roving manner characteristic of Western miners.

Comparing the accounts of the Yukon country given to me by these with what is set out in the chapters following here, I find there is little that can profitably be added.

The gold discoveries that have attracted so much attention have been made on some of the smaller tributaries of the main Yukon River. Dawson City settlement is the centre of the trading and supply point of this district.

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