CHAPTER 3
BOAT BUILDING ON LAKE TAGISH
 
I'm glad that part of our trip is over,” sighed Dave. On the way up we had talked about where we might build a boat to carry us down the Yukon to Dawson City and the Klondike. From other prospectors we had learned that thousands of men in last year's spring and summer rush had cut down most of the timber near Lake Bennett. “Let's scout around Lake Tagish. Maybe we'll find some good timber there.”
     I checked our map. “We're still over 40 miles away. Luckily, we can use our sleds again, now that we've carried them over the top. Still, it's a long slog along the series of lakes leading into the Yukon River.”
     We resumed shuttling our goods from lake to lake. Once we got below treeline, we saw people camped at almost every level spot along the way. The early birds were grouped around Lake Lindemann and Lake Bennett. We later learned that over 20,000 people with 7,000 boats were occupying what had been wilderness only a year earlier.

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