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Yukon/Fortymile River confluence (aerial)

A 91m aerial view overlooking the confluence of the Yukon & Fortymile Rivers at Forty Mile, Yukon.  The colour contrast is spectacular as the rusty brown Fortymile River merges w/ the lighter beige Yukon.  Forty Mile is best known as the oldest town in the Yukon, established in 1886 by prospectors and fortune hunters in search of gold. Largely abandoned during the nearby Klondike Gold Rush, the town site continued to be used by Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. It is currently a historic site that is co-owned and co-managed by Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and the Government of Yukon. 


Unfortunately a couple months earlier around May 11, 2023, a massive ice jam on the Yukon River sent logs & water surging into the woods at the confluence of the Yukon & Fortymile Rivers.  The result was a devastating loss to much of the original buildings which had been swept off their feet & nearly all of the Forty Mile ghost town was lost in the aftermath.  Only a couple of these stray buildings remain though the amount of logs & bushwhacking involved made it hard to reach certain destinations, let alone ascertain where original buildings once existed.  



Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 18800x9400
Taken: 21/07/2023
Uploaded: 21/07/2023


Tags: yukon river; fortymile river; forty mile; ghost town; ruins; yukon territory; aerial; gold rush; woods; flooding; ice jam; oldest; klondike; mission island; gibson's island; confluence
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