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The Amazing Adventures of Larry and Mark

Volume 17

Yellowknife - Northwest Territories II 

 

Yellowknife Old Town

 

 Yellowknife is preserving all its old buildings, adding to the flavor of the town.

You'd think this was here 200 years, from its appearance.  But life is hard up

here for buildings, too.  "The House of Horrors" is only 70 years old.

 Early Yellowknife was a bustling town of miners of copper and gold, hunters and trappers. 

The first major gold mine was the Con Mine, located in the Northwest Territories (NWT)

just south of Yellowknife.  It produced gold from the late '30's til it closed in 2003. 

In keeping with green technology, it is hoped that the deep shafts may be used for

geothermal heating of Yellowknife someday.   The area is full of old mining equipment,

and the town has put it to good use decorating the streets of Yellowknife.

 

 

 

The Wildcat Cafe is one of Yellowknife's oldest buildings.  It was built in 1937 and the restaurant closed in 1951.  It was a meetingplace for the original businessmen/women who made the town, and prospectors, trappers, and more.  The Cafe was re-opened in the 1970's for summer business.

 

This little cabin, next-door to the Wildcat Inn, was also built in 1937.  In the 1940's-50's it was an Anglican church rectory.  It was later a shelter for the homeless.  It was  moved to this site recently and restored. 

 

Nothing goes to waste

 

More coming!

 

Larry Reich

 

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