Collection mac-35 - White Pass and Yukon Route collection

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White Pass and Yukon Route collection

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mac mac-35

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25 cm of textual records.

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White Pass and Yukon Route is a freight company from the turn of the century. This company built the narrow gauge railway which ran from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon, until 1982, and it had a fleet of sternwheelers which navigated the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City. In 1902 the Whitehorse Dawson Overland Trail was built by White Pass, the first overland route to the Klondike. Today, highways connect Skagway to communities in the Yukon and the company continues to operate using transport trucks. During the summer the train carries passengers from Skagway to the White Pass Summit.

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The collection consists of 38 stamp impressions from sternwheelers under British Yukon Navigation Co. (BYNCo.), American Yukon Navigation Co. (AYNCo.) and White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR), three navigational charts for sternwheelers on the Yukon River, certificates from the Department of Marine and Fisheries for the sternwheeler Yukoner and motorboat Neecheah, 3 promotional booklets and an advertisement, a poster with a drawing of Bennett, a handbill for winter service, a letter to the Purser on the sternwheeler Klondike, dining room check from the Casca, freight notification cards, letter from J.A. Fairborn WP&YR agent in Mayo, employee identification cards, bill of lading book, mailway bills and receipts of American Yukon Navigation Co. and Northern Commercial Co. (NCCo.), and a driver's manual for the highway division.

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