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Dawson City, Yukon Territory — The Canadian Territories
 

3rd Avenue Complex

Le complexe de la 3e avenue

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 3, 2010
1. 3rd Avenue Complex Marker
Inscription.
[English]
In Dawson City’s history, permafrost ranks second only to fire as the bane of buildings. These three structures, dating from 1901, illustrate what can happen when heated buildings are placed on frozen ground; the frost melts, mixing water with the soil to form a very fluid muck into which the different footings settle at different rates. No restoration measures have been taken with these buildings so that visitors may see history as it naturally unfolds.

[French]
Dans l’histoire de Dawson City, le pergélisol est le deuxième fléau, après de feu, qui endommage les bâtiments. Ces trois structures, qui remontent à 1901, illustrent bien ce qui peut arriver lorsque des immeubles chauffés sont installés sur un sol gelé; la glace fond et l’eau se mêle au sol pour former une boue très liquide dans laquelle les semelles de fondations s’enfoncent à des rythmes différents. Ces immeubles ne font l’objet d’aucume restauration. Les visiteurs peuvent ainsi suivre le cours naturel de l’histoire.
Photo: Local Yukon artist, Jim Robb’s view of building influenced by permafrost.
Le immeubles touchés par le pergélisol, vus par l’artiste yukonnais, Jim Robb.
 
Erected by Parks Canada/Parcs Canada.
 
Location. 64° 3.575′ 

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By Barry Swackhamer, August 3, 2010
2. 3rd Avenue Complex and Marker
N, 139° 26.134′ W. Marker is in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Marker is on Third Avenue. Touch for map. This marker is located on Third Avenue between Princess and Harper Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B 1G0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Billy Bigg’s Blacksmith Shop (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Yukon Hotel (about 120 meters away); Harrington’s Store (about 150 meters away); St. Andrew’s Church and Manse (about 180 meters away); Ruby’s Place/La maison de Ruby (about 180 meters away); K.T.M. Company (about 210 meters away); Tribute to the Miner (about 210 meters away); Macaulay’s Residence (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dawson City.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 3, 2010
3. 3rd Avenue Complex
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 3, 2010
4. 3rd Avenue Complex
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 3, 2010
5. Straight's Auction House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 618 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 8, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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