Friday, August 10, 2012

More Dawson City

We finally got up early enough to take the town tour. Many restored buildings are only opened as a part of the tour.
Our Guide Marie in the Bank of North America.

In a restored saloon

Bill and I belly up to the bar.

Some of these buildings were built right on the permafrost and really lean. Some have been reinforced just enough to keep them from falling over.

Marie in the old post office. She started out in town as a dancer at Diamond Tooth Gerties.
After the town tour we went over to the old stern wheeler Keno for a tour.  Nice tour but both Bill and I were shocked by the movie "The Last Voyage of the Keno" about it's trip to Dawson City to be part of the historical displays here.  It wasn't the extoling of the wonders of DDT. "We just sprayed so there are no mosquitoes."  It was when the narrator referred to George Carmack, who discovered gold on Bonanza Creek. He was called a "squawman," because he was married to a native woman.  Just awful. And to think this documentary was made in 1960 and produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
Bill at the Keno, a big freighter sternwheeler. Much bigger than the paddlewheeler, Klondike Spirit
Today we went to the huge town museum. The courthouse is upstairs. It is actually used once a month or so.
Hear ye, hear ye, all rise for Judge Bill
After skipping lunch so we could enjoy a full meal at the Drunken Goat we caught the early, 8:30, show at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall.  Fun place that is a benefit for the Visitors Bureau.  All money taken in here is spent on town projects.  We sat down front in places that guaranteed that Bill was a choice of the dancing girls.
Diamond Tooth Gertie can really belt out the old show tunes.
Up on stage, supposedly getting dancing lessons.

Bill had fun dancing.

Gertie, Bill and the girls.  Bill is wearing the garter he won as a headband.
Tomorrow we say goodbye to Dawson City and move on to Takheni Hot Springs.

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