Creator: Valerie Monahan
Introduction: Yukon Territory is famous as the location of one of the largest industrial/mass migration events in modern history: the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Gold lured thousands of would-be miners into one of the most remote areas on Earth. In what became the Elsa/Keno district of central Yukon, gold prospectors discovered an enormous silver ore body. For seventy years, increasingly industrialized silver mines operated in this cold and mountainous region. From a height of production in the 1950’s until its shut-down in 1989, United Keno Hill Mines Limited produced 150 million ounces of silver, 490 million pounds of lead and 370 million pounds of zinc.’Most miners and their families lived in the company town of Elsa, Yukon while the older village of Keno City was home to those unwilling to live in a company town.
Reference: Valerie Monahan, ‘Big Stuff in a little town at the end of the road: Industrial Artifact Conservation at the Keno City Mining Museum, Yukon Canada’, Big Stuff 2013
|Monahan, Valerie. (2013). Big Stuff in a little town at the end of the road: Industrial Artifact Conservation at the Keno City Mining Museum, Yukon Canada. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4087123|