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Queen Street in Dawson City by Yukondick

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In the foreground is the Palace Grand Theater which opened in gala style July 1899. Structurally, the theatre was a combination of a luxurious European Opera House and a boomtown dance hall. It was built by “Arizona Charlie Meadows”, a wild west showman who came to Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush. The Palace Grand played host to a variety of entertainment, from wild west shows to opera. When the show got slow “Arizona” himself would get on stage and perform shooting tricks for the audience. Dawson City is in Canada’s Yukon Territory

With the gold strike in Nome, Alaska in the latter part of 1899, the excitement in Dawson City died as quickly as it rose. Over the next few years Dawson City made the transition from gold rush boomtown to a smaller mining community. With the steady decline in population, Arizona Charlie Meadows sold the Palace Grand Theatre in 1901 for $17,000, less than a third of the initial cost. After this first sale, the theatre changed hands a number of times over the years and often hosted community events.

The Palace Grand Theatre was saved from destruction by the Klondike Visitor’s Association in 1959 and was donated to the National Historic Parks branch of the Canadian government, who began replication of the theatre in the early 1960’s. Today’s Palace Grand theatre is the home of the “Gaslight Follies” whose entertainment is reminiscent of that which the theatre hosted in it’s hey-day.

Note the present day wooden sidewalks and dirt streets which are required throughout the town by town by-laws to maintain the “authenticity” of Dawson City.


gold rush, history

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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  • BLemley
    BLemleyover 3 years ago

    Very cool, Dick! I’ll bet that was neat, walking on those sidewalks! Odd to see cars on the “set”! Love the dirt roat ~ I see a lot of nostalgic things here! Very nice! Bev

  • This is a town of less than 1000 currently [over 40,000 in 1898] with upwards of 60,000 visitors in the Summer. I have spent a fair bit of time there and the people are really unique. they do go out of their way to maintain the flavour of the place as it was in the days of Jack London and Robert Service.

    – Yukondick

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 3 years ago

    Nice capture…its like stepping back in time!

  • I used to go their every 6 weeks and it is a lot like stepping back in time. This Summer I hope to make a return trip to the "paddlewheel cemetery’ which is across the Yukon fromthe town and contains at least 30 old sternwheelers piled up and rotting [they don’t advertise it as a tourist spot due to insurance constraints.

    – Yukondick

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Cool shot. Sure like the old feeling of it.

  • One of my favourite places to go. Usually make it three or four times a year.

    – Yukondick

  • judygal
    judygalabout 3 years ago

  • Many thanks for the honour of being featured

    – Yukondick

  • pauldana
    pauldanaalmost 2 years ago

    Classic shot, brings you back to the old west

  • In my humble opinion, Dawson city should be on most peoples Bucket List. “Call of the Wild” is a book wildly popular in Germany and the German tourists throng there

    – Yukondick

  • lezvee
    lezvee7 days ago

    This is a fascinating history and a lovely photo. It is most unfortunate that I cannot accept it into Dilapidated Buildings though because the building is, actually, in good repair and well maintained. Do, please send in other work though.

  • thanks for taking the time to bring this to my attention. Should have realized it at the time.


    – Yukondick

  • icesrun
    icesrun5 days ago


  • Both the feature and the banner are much appreciated

    – Yukondick

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