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Camera modelNIKON D810
Focal length58 mm
Focal length (35mm)58 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.6
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Road to Silver City

Road to Silver City

About 3.4 kilometers (2 miles) down a gravel road heading north towards Kluane Lake at Km 1635.8 of the Alaska Highway sits the largest ghost town in the Yukon. It is on private property, and decades ago it was going to be restored as a theme park, but that never happened, and slowly but surely the town is disappearing as the buildings crumble and Mother Nature reclaims the site.
The Ghost Town of Silver City is located on the southern shore of the Kluane lake, next to Destruction Bay. In the early 1900s the area around the Kluane Lake was the site of a short-lived gold rush. The first claim was staked in the summer of 1903. By the end of that year 2,000 claims had been made in the Kluane region and at the outlet of Silver Creek a small community, called Kluane or Silver City had sprung up. The North-West Mounted Police followed closely behind the prospectors and established a permanent detachment at Silver City. Until the Alaska Highway was build in 1942, Silver City was at the end of the road from Whitehorse. Further travel required getting on a boat and using the rivers. Today half a dozen large buildings , and a few smaller ones remain scattered among the trees. Once, these larger buildings were barracks of the North-West Mounted Police, a district mining office and a post office."