BOAT BUILDING ON LAKE TAGISH
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
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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