Whitehorse is the capital and only city of The Yukon Territory. The city was named after the Rapids for their frothy resemblance to the mane of a white horse. The rapids no longer exist as the Whitehorse dam, constructed in 1957, submerged the rapids beneath the newly created Schwatka Lake.
The city of Whitehorse developed as the transportation hub of the Klondike Gold Fields. For being the only city, and Capital, of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse was not very impressive. We did see some interesting things, though:
We went to a demonstration on how the gold miners panned for gold.
If you remember Day 120, we saw the tallest weathervane. Here is the world’s largest weather vane:
It is a DC 3 built in 1942. After a distinguished career in the War and then in transport services, it was retired and is now on permanent display at the Whitehorse Airport. Pivoting on its mount, the aircraft always points into the wind. Wind speeds of as little as 5 mph will turn it.
The world’s largest wooden mounty sits in front of the Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse. Technical Stuff:
Telsin, Yukon Territory to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory: 104.9 miles