“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Montague, Yukon Territory — The Canadian Territories

The Overland Trail

The Overland Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Earle, June 28, 2011
1. The Overland Trail Marker
Inscription. The territorial government contracted the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) to build a winter road from Whitehorse to Dawson in 1902. The company had the winter mail contract, and used its Royal Mail Service coaches to carry passengers, baggage and mail on the new Overland Trail. The 330-mile (530-km) road was substantially shorter than the winding river route used in the summer by sternwheelers. It led past this point, crossing the Yukon River north of Carmacks. Horse-drawn stages traveled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and took about five days to complete the trip. WP&YR used wheeled coaches at the beginning of the season; sleighs were substituted when enough snow had fallen. Stages usually ran three times per week, although in the late winter there was almost daily service. The one-way fare was a steep $125 and passengers paid extra for their meals and accommodation en route. [see photo for map, photo captions, and photo credits]
Erected by Yukon Tourism Heritage Branch.
Location. 61° 49.056′ N, 136° 3.478′ W. Marker is in Montague, Yukon Territory. Marker can be reached from Klondike Highway (Provincial Highway 2). Touch for map. Marker is in the ruins of the Montague Roadhouse, signed on highway and visible from highway. Marker is in this post office area: Montague, Yukon Territory Y0B, Canada.
More about this marker. Other markers at the site discuss Montague history (photos not available).
Also see . . .  Overland Trail (yukoninfo). (Submitted on September 30, 2017.)
Additional keywords. Klondike
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2017, by Christopher Earle of Olympia, Washington. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 29, 2017, by Christopher Earle of Olympia, Washington. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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