In Dawson City, you can see the one-time homes of writers Jack London, Pierre Berton and Robert Service all on the same street. The Jack London Interpretive Museum houses both a replica of the author's cabin and his original, restored food cache. The centre contains photos, documents, newspaper articles and other London memorabilia.
His log cabin was built on the North Fork of Henderson Creek, 120 km south of Dawson City, just before the Gold Rush of 1898. London came to the Yukon in September 1897 as a 21-year-old looking for gold. While he didn’t strike it rich, he later alchemized his Klondike adventures into fame and fortune with his legendary short stories and books. London’s cabin was abandoned after the Gold Rush but re-discovered by trappers in 1936 who noted the author's signature on the back wall. Yukon author Dick North organized a search in 1965 and eventually had the cabin dismantled and shipped out. Two replicas were made from the original logs. One is in Dawson City while the other was re-assembled at Jack London Square in Oakland, California, London’s hometown.
The Dawson site was developed by Dick North, the Klondike Visitors' Association and the Yukon Government. Dick North has recently retired, but he spent all of his summers until 2009 as an interpreter at the centre, a job he shared with Dawne Mitchell, who is now the senior interpreter.. Together they shared their knowledge of London and the cabin with thousands of visitors who visit the site from all over the world. Dawne carries forward with ensuring that visitors are educated on all of Jack's time here in the Klondike, with a measure of Dick North's charm and wisdom in every lecture. The Museum is maintained by the Klondike Visitors' Association and is open to the public seven days a week, mid-May through mid-September.
Contact the Klondike Visitors Association for more information
phone (867) 993-5575, fax (867) 993-6415, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail P.O. Box 389, Dawson City, Yukon, Y0B 1G0.