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Dawson City still celebrates its Gold Rush I heard what you did for a Klondike call me shirt history, and tourists flock there every summer. It has kept its wonky boardwalks and left its streets unpaved. Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall has three cancan shows a night. The poet Robert Service’s cabin is there, and one half of Jack London’s (the other half a museum in Oakland, California. By law, any new buildings must give the impression that they were constructed at the end of the nineteenth century. In Maximilian’s Gold Rush Emporium you can buy nuggets and antique panning equipment and mammoth ivory and Jack London first editions.
Men and women dressed in petticoats and buckskin I heard what you did for a Klondike call me shirt will show you around the historic post office, the historic bank, the historic paddle steamer they will tell you stories of courageous men and lascivious dancing girls, and strange things are done under the midnight sun. But the Gold Rush has another legacy as well. Before 1897, life had not changed significantly for the indigenous Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in for several thousand years. It was late spring, 1897, when the first influx of Gold Rushers arrived, and within weeks the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in had been displaced from their fish camps on the Klondike. The natives crossed to Dawson, only to find that the land had already been occupied by speculators and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In the space of one season, they were evicted from lands that their people had known forever.