My Yukon Business Travels  - 2005
I have been working and traveling in the Yukon since the 1970’s. In fact, on graduation from Mining School in 1955, I tried very hard to get a job in a Yukon mine. I have had business in the Yukon in virtually every decade since 1970, as a Contractor, Company Vice President, to independent consultant, and lastly as part of a Syndicate holding claims in the Mountains.

I have enjoyed every trip business or personal. My excuse in September 2005 was a desire to visit the mining claims on Mount Hinton in which I am a partner. I flew into Whitehorse from Vancouver and hitched a ride north with the consulting company that are managing the exploration work on the claims. The weather was decent for the most part, but a little wintry on our claims which are high up on Mount Hinton.
The first night I stayed in a cabin owned by Bob Wagner, one of the partners in the Hinton Syndicate. The cabin is in Keno City, the remains of an old mining town dating back almost 100 years. Bob is in the process of building several log cabins to rent while his wife Ilsa attracts people from around the world via internet advertising.
On the Right;  This is photo taken before sun-up from the yard in front of the cabin and looking towards a high hill called Sourdough Hill. I was to drive over the top of this hill in a few days, at which time there was considerably more snow covering it.
Above Left;  As I drove back to Mayo that morning, I took this photo of the mountains lying to the west of this location from the old mining town of Elsa.

Above Right;  The town of Elsa was built to operate United Keno Hill Mines Ltd., one of the most productive producers of silver in North America. The mine closed about 1988 and there is a new company trying to revive it at this point in time. It is now a ghost town with only some security types currently living there.
Above Left;  Another photo of the mountains surrounding Elsa in the early morning. The snow line is creeping down and was to fall much lower the day after this photo was taken.

Above Right;  The second night I managed to get a hotel room in the town of Mayo, the largest community in this immediate area and home to about 500 people. The operator of this backhoe is my other partner in the Syndicate, Dick Ewing, who also owns a construction company. He is placing rip-rap on the dykes that protect the town from the flooding of the Stewart River. At one point, steam boats carried the concentrates from the mine to Whitehorse via the Stewart and Yukon rivers.
Above Left;  The third day we attempted to access our mining claims. This is the exploration camp which is about to be rehabbed for a winter program. Actually this camp is also on our claims. We managed to get this far over snow covered roads using tire chains on our crew cab truck.

Above Right;  This will give you some idea of why we could not progress up the mountain. It is a poor photo because of the snowfall, but you can make out the mountain shape in the immediate center of the photo, the access road switching back and forth to the left of the photo.
Above Left;  On our way back to Keno City, we drove along Thunder Gulch, scene of a currently operating and successful placer gold operation. The gold mined in this creek originated on our claims high up in the mountain.

Above Right;  The Railway Station in Whitehorse. This rail line used to carry the concentrates from the Yukon over the mountains and down to the coast at Skagway, Alaska. It no longer is an operating entity although the rail line is still in place, and the lower part of it from Skagway is used as a tourist attraction and carries visiting cruise passengers from Skagway up the White Pass, one of the first routes into the Goldrush days of 1898.
Above Left;  The Yukon now has its own form of Territorial Government and these are the Legislative Buildings. It is kind of a new age but dull building but seems to suit its surroundings.

Above Right;  The last paddle wheel steamboat to travel the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City. The SS Klondike has been resurrected as a tourist attraction. It last operated as a working boat in 1955.
Above Left;  Believe it or not, there is a company called "Yukon Log Skyscrapers" This is their "show home" in the main part of Whitehorse. To my knowledge it is the only one they have built. I suppose the market for log skyscrapers is low!

Above Right;  My Air North jet getting ready to take me on board on my return trip to Vancouver.
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