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The Klondike Gold Rush in Canada’s Yukon territory started in 1896 and changed the First Nations camp into a thriving city of 40,000 by 1898. By 1899, the gold rush had ended and the town’s population plummeted as all but 8,000 people left. When Dawson was incorporated as a city in 1902, the population was under 5,000 and now it is less than 1000.
These buildings on Third Avenue (the “Third Avenue Complex”) show what permafrost can do to buildings. The freezing and thawing of the upper portion of soil can throw buildings, highways and trees far off vertical – if these buildings didn’t lean into each other they probably would have collapsed decades ago. However, they are still standing over 100 years later. Part of the International Klondike Gold Rush Park 1/60 f13 ISO100 Fuji S2Pro Nikon 17-55 @ 28mm