Alaska Gold Rush History & Genealogy

Fort Yukon

Fort Yukon is located at 66°34'2?N 145°15'23?W66.56722°N 145.25639°W (66.567586, -145.256327)[6]. Fort Yukon is located on the north bank of the Yukon River at its junction with the Porcupine River, about 145 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

Fort Yukon was first established as Fort Youcon by Alexander Hunter Murray as a Hudson's Bay Company trading post in 1847. While the post was actually in Russian America, the Hudson's Bay Company continued to trade there until expelled by the American traders in 1869, following the Alaska Purchase when the post was taken over by the Alaska Commercial Company. A post office was established on July 12, 1898 with John Hawksly as its first postmaster, but the settlement suffered over the following decades as a result of several epidemics and a 1949 flood. The Klondike gold rush spurred economic activity.

1909 Alaska Alamnic ~ Fort Yukon is a trading post and post office on the Yukon River near the mouth of Porcupine River. Fort Yukon is on the elbow of the big bend of the Yukon at the place where the river touches the most northerly latitude in its entire course. The post of Fort Yukon is a few miles above the Arctic Circle. It was established by the Hudson Bay Company in 1847. There are a native school and mission at Fort Yukon and a few stores conducted by traders it being the nearest base of supplies for the Chandalar mining region. The population is not more than twenty five whites and 125 natives.

 

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