By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 13, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we wonder if this is where the “Klondike Bar” was born, or the home of Yukon Cornelius???

Larger than Life

During the Klondike Gold Rush, in northwest Canada, the Yukon Territory was established on June 13, 1898.  The Yukon split from the much larger Northwest Territory to the east.

Its first capital was Dawson City, in the epicenter of the Gold Rush, not far from the Alaskan border.  The town went up in no time and had 40,000 inhabitants at its peak. In just 3-4 years most of the gold was all taken, and the prospectors left.  Then the capital was moved south to Whitehorse.

Yukon is back to nature now, with only about 45,000 total inhabitants.  It is not as cold in the summer as some might suspect, with average highs in the 70 F range.  And there is winter, with average lows at -22 F in Dawson City.

Those who like back to nature, and getting lost in nature this is a great place, with its tourism motto “Larger than Life”.

This Rand McNally map of British America, Canada, from 1898 still shows Yukon being part of the Northwest Territory.

British America – Circa 1898 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.