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At the end of the Chilkoot Trail [at Bennett in an isolated corner of British Columbia] from Alaska to the Yukon which brought thousands to the Klondike Gold Rush. In 1998 on the 100th Anniversary of the great rush the Canadian and American governments signed a joint declaration creating the Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park

Reverends Andrew Grant and A.J. Sinclair arrived in Skagway in 1898, just in time to bury Soapy Smith and Frank Reid. Grant and Sinclair went on to Lake Bennett, where they erected a church from the scraps of whipsawed spruce slabs and lumber left over from the boat building activities of the stampeders on their way to the Klondike. Stained glass, hand blown, and donated by a church in Victoria, B.C. was cut to manageable dimensions and carefully packed over the Chilkoot trail. These were fitted into the church windows in solid squares, as there was no one skilled in the art of glass cutting in town.By the time the Church was completed in 1901, the town of Bennett had outlived its usefulness at the head of navigation to the Yukon River. The WhitePass Railway had been completed all the way to the new jumping off place at Whitehorse. There never was a service conducted inside the building even though it was used as a shelter for the weary or ill. As the houses and businesses of Bennett were torn down or moved to other locations, the Church has stood in all its glory on the shores of the Lake, alone in the wilderness, a stop of interest for train travelers or hikers. Within the international Gold Rush Park. Taken June1, 2009

FujiS5Pro with 28-300 @ 46mm
Sept 5 2012 Northern Landscape Group

Played with photography since early High School. Since moving to the Yukon in 1997 I have become much more involved and am now comfortable in Photoshop although there is always more to learn. The Yukon is a great canvas and would recommend it for most everyone’s Bucket List

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Comments

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot! Great historic building and architecture!

  • A welcome sight after 4 days of hiking over the Chilkoot Pass.

    – Yukondick

  • virginian
    virginianalmost 4 years ago

    I remember this! It’s a great shot of a great place.

  • I shot it at the end of the Chilkoot with a 1.8 megapixel camera. I had to return when I had the opportunity in 09 with a 12 megapixel effort.

    – Yukondick

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 4 years ago

    excellent composition and very interesting read.
    A fave for me

  • thanks. Had to make a return trip to get it as the original was 1.8 megapixels from our hike over the Chilkoot.

    – Yukondick

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 4 years ago

    Magnificent scenery♥

  • Thanks. Important part of our young history

    – Yukondick

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 4 years ago

    Just beautiful Mate!

  • Many thanks

    – Yukondick

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 4 years ago

    Awesome Capture Gorgeous IMage and great writing

  • Writing is not original – purloined from several sources but thanks

    – Yukondick

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...over 2 years ago

    What a find, Yukondick! Love this submission to Beautiful BC. Thank you!!

  • this is a favourite amongst Yukoners [even though it is in BC – just barely]. It marks the end of the Chilkoot Trail from the Great Klondike Gold rush. Most Yukoners have done the 55 km trail at least once.
    It is now accessible by the White Pass and Yukon RR from Skagway in Alaska. Many thanksfor your comments

    – Yukondick

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...over 2 years ago

    August 31, 2012

  • Heather007
    Heather007over 2 years ago

    Well done.

  • Thanks – it is a great group to be included with

    – Yukondick

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 2 years ago

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