Sunday, 4 August 2013

Les and the lads go to the wild west frontier

In 1896, prospectors found gold in a creek near Dawson City.  

It triggering a stampede to the Klondike, bolstered by dreams and heartened by stories of riches.  Thousands of miners struggled across Chilkoot Pass and floated the Yukon River to Dawson City. 

It soon became a rollicking frontier town and Dawson filled up with desperate prospectors, shrewd entrepreneurs, Mounties and dance-hall girls. 

Glyn wonders if the dance hall girls are still to be found

Today, Dawson City is a lively place bursting with heritage sites, attractions and according to Les many crazy people. Most of the buildings are in need of repair and paint. 

However, the experience he had with Duncan Spriggs in the Westminster Bar of this authentic frontier town, where the beer flowed and left him seriously worse for wear lived up to the reputation Dawson City has. They went panning for gold and with the luck of the novice they actually found some! When Les explained why they were there they were given some gold nuggets to auction off for the Charity when they get back.

You can watch the video they took of Dawson City here

1 comment:

  1. Well done guys, no doubt Les will be returning to try his luck at panning for gold again