Bennett, British Columbia
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|Bennett, British Columbia|
Bennett, 1 June 1898, during the Klondike Gold Rush
|Location||Bennett Lake at border between British Columbia and Yukon, Canada|
|History||Tent camp for klondikers 1897–1899|
Bennett, British Columbia, Canada is an abandoned town next to Bennett Lake. It was built during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897–99 at the end of the White Pass and Chilkoot Trails from nearby ports of Skagway and Dyea in Alaska. Gold prospectors would pack their supplies over the Coast Mountains from the ports and then build or purchase rafts to take them down the Yukon River to the gold fields around Dawson City, Yukon. When the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad was built it went right to Whitehorse passing the port town, this made its entire economy based on stampeder and river travellers collapse.
One of the establishments was the Arctic House a combination saloon, restaurant and hotel operated on a houseboat by Freiderich "Fritz" Trump.
Today, Bennett is a stop on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad during the summer months.
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