2018 June 30 – Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (Part 2)

The Yukon Transportation Museum had two exhibition rooms.  There was also a large outside area with old vehicles in it. We spent a happy couple of hours wandering around.  And, as usual I took lots of photos of placards, items and photographs.  This blog will contain many of them, and not much else.

Outside the museum they had the world’s largest weather vane.  A DC 3 airplane that had been abandoned after a nosedive in the bush.  It was rescued, restored, and turned into a weathervane.  It was amazing how smoothly it rotated in even a light breeze. The firstroom  was all about the bush pilots and their adventures and daring during the early days of flying in the north.This sign was sitting on a table beside some postcards.  Something to think about.

Rafting down Miles Canyon before the dam tamed the rapids. This mural of gold seekers climbing the Chilkoot Trail to the Klondike Gold Fields was painted on the museum wall.This photograph is of some would-be gold panners making the climb.  Notice the two young children watching from the top of the ridge.One of the White Pass and Yukon Railway cars that rode the narrow-guage rail up from Skagway, Alaska to the Yukon goldfields.  I had to crop lots of the signs to bring up the text so some of the sizes do not line up well.We learned that the White Pass and Yukon Railway developed the intermodal (container) method of shipping that is used world-wide today.This huge macine was used by the U.S. army, on snow, like a railway.The first truck my grandfather bought for his farm and orchard was a surplus army truck just like this one.At last, foot sore and brain filled we finished at the museum and went to find a couple of nearby geocaches; one of which was in front of the Whitehorse Fire Department.  And happily for John three of the firemen were outside at the back cleaning a monitor so he had the chance to chat for a minute.  (One must never miss an opporunity to talk to a fellow firefighter.)   There was a cache hidden at the base of this wonderful sculpture.    We had fun identifying some of the many objects that had been used to make the Whitehorse horse.                 The wineglass in the hoof is a nice touch.  And that concluded our day in Whitehorse. We will be stopping here again after we leave Alaska and there are a couple of things we didn’t have time to see today so I will have another opportunity to check them out.

We leave for Dawson City (544km/338 miles northwest) in the morning and will be spending three nights there.

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