Dalton's Gold Rush Trail: Exploring the Route of the Klondike Cattle Drives
Used as a trading route by the Chilkat Tlingit for centuries, the Dalton Trail was taken over by Jack Dalton, a hard driving, murdering, entrepreneurial adventurer, who built bridges and way stations and set up a toll booth. For a fee he would pack passengers and freight to and from Dawson, gaining a reputation for a difficult but safe passage.
This is the trail where starry-eyed financiers first dreamed of building a railroad to Dawson City, where thousands of head of cattle were regularly driven north, and where reindeer were unsuccessfully introduced to the Yukon as pack animals. Despite its short existence — from 1897 to 1903 — the Dalton Trail was also a flashpoint for conflict with the local Natives, border disputes between Canada and the US, and the jumping-off point for yet another gold strike at Porcupine Creek.
While the Klondike stories are (nearly) all true, just remember — it happened first on the Dalton.
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