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Carcross, Yukon Territory — The Canadian Territories
 

James “Skookum” Jim Mason

(Kesh) 1860 - 1916

 

—The Beginning of the Yukon gold Rush —

 
James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2013
1. James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker
close up of English version plaque
Inscription. (crest Canada) James “Skookum” Jim Mason (Kesh) ca. 1860 – 1916 “Skookum” Jim, a Tagish of the Dakhtawedi clan and the Wolf moiety, found a nugget on Rabbit (Bonanza) Creek in August 1898 that began the Klondike Gold Rush and changed the history of the Yukon Territory. He made the discovery while on a journey down the Yukon River to find his sister Kate and her husband George Carmack. Renowned for his legendary exploits and physical abilities, “Skookum” (strong) Jim believed his Frog Spirit had guided him to the gold. He became very rich, but remained a generous man who never forgot his obligations to his community.
 
Erected 2000 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada Commission des lieux et Monuments Historiques du Canada.
 
Location. 60° 9.896′ N, 134° 42.324′ W. Marker is in Carcross, Yukon Territory. Marker is at the intersection of Tagish Ave and Dawson Charlie Street, on the right when traveling east on Tagish Ave. Click for map. marker is in the park area north of the railroad depot at Caribou Crossing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1152 Tagish Ave, Whitehorse, Carcross, Yukon Territory YT Y1A 5Y9, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers.
James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
2. James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker
the French plaque
At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. White Pass & Yukon Route (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named White Pass & Yukon Route (about 120 meters away); Carcross during World War II (about 150 meters away).
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for the Klondike Gold Rush. “To reach the gold fields most took the route through the ports of Dyea and Skagway in Southeast Alaska. Here, the Klondikers could follow either the Chilkoot or the White Pass trails to the Yukon River and sail down to the Klondike. Each of them was required to bring a year's supply of food by the Canadian authorities in order to prevent starvation. In all, their equipment weighed close to a ton, which for most had to be carried in stages by themselves. ” (Submitted on August 13, 2016.) 
 
Additional keywords. Yukon Gold Rush
 
Categories. Notable Events
 
James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
3. James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker
the Tagish language plaque
James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2013
4. James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker
full view of marker
James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2013
5. James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker
marker can be seen at a distance
Klondikers carrying supplies ascending the Chilkoot Pass image. Click for full size.
George G. Cantwell via Wikipedia Commons, 1898
6. Klondikers carrying supplies ascending the Chilkoot Pass
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 9 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   6. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 13, 2016.
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