By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 13, 2022) – In Issue 2022-106 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we travel north for fur, gold and moose in the mountains.


The westernmost Canadian territory was established on June 13, 1898, when the Yukon Territory was split from the North-West Territories.

Yukon is the smallest of Canada’s 3 territories. European settlers were first drawn to the area by the fur trade, but the Klondike Gold Rush brought the largest influx of people. 

While the majority of the population is descended from the early settlers, there is a significant portion comprised of the First Nations peoples, enough that their eight (8)  languages are also considered official languages of the area.

Canada’s highest mountain, and the second highest in North America – Mount Logan – is located there. The Arctic Circle passes through the Yukon, making it a great place to see the northern lights.

Don’t be surprised if you feel outnumbered if you visit there – it is true that there are almost twice as many moose as people.

Here is Crowell’s 1897 map of Alaska and the soon to be Yukon Territory.  It also shows the Klondike Gold Fields.

Map of the Yukon and Alaska (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.

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