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Carcross, Yukon — The Northern Territories (North America)
 

James “Skookum” Jim Mason

(Kesh) 1860 - 1916

— The Beginning of the Yukon gold Rush —

 
 
James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
 
Location. 60° 9.896′ N, 134° 42.324′ W. Marker
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is in Carcross, Yukon. Marker is at the intersection of Tagish Ave and Dawson Charlie Street, on the right when traveling east on Tagish Ave. marker is in the park area north of the railroad depot at Caribou Crossing. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1152 Tagish Ave, Whitehorse, Carcross YT YT Y1A 5Y9, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. 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
 
James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
2. James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker
the French plaque
James “Skookum” Jim Mason Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Photographed 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.
Photographed 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 was last revised on August 13, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 881 times since then and 23 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week August 14, 2016. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 9, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   6. submitted on August 13, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 14, 2024