The Overland Trail

The Overland Trail (HM21Y8)

Location: , Yukon Territory Y0B Yukon
Country: Canada
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N 61° 49.056', W 136° 3.478'

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The territorial government contracted the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) to build a winter road from Whitehorse to Dawson in 1902. The company had the winter mail contract, and used its Royal Mail Service coaches to carry passengers, baggage and mail on the new Overland Trail. The 330-mile (530-km) road was substantially shorter than the winding river route used in the summer by sternwheelers. It led past this point, crossing the Yukon River north of Carmacks. Horse-drawn stages traveled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and took about five days to complete the trip. WP&YR used wheeled coaches at the beginning of the season; sleighs were substituted when enough snow had fallen. Stages usually ran three times per week, although in the late winter there was almost daily service. The one-way fare was a steep $125 and passengers paid extra for their meals and accommodation en route.

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HM NumberHM21Y8
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Placed ByYukon Tourism Heritage Branch
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Date Added Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)8V E 444257 N 6854314
Decimal Degrees61.81760000, -136.05796667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 61° 49.056', W 136° 3.478'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds61° 49' 3.3599999999998" N, 136° 3' 28.68" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near YT-2, Yukon Territory Y0B, CA
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