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Mile 65.2 South Klondike Highway

Road to the left leads to Carcross, which has a population of about 250 residents. Formerly known as Caribou Crossing for the caribou that forded the narrows, the town grew and thrived during the gold rush and was the site of the driving of the golden spike completing the railroad on July 29, 1900. The Carcross Visitor Center is in a new building on the left as you enter the town, and is at the gateway to the new Carcross Commons development that includes the restored Skookum Jim house and various shops and eateries. Other attractions include the old WP&YR Depot, and a display set in the remains of the sternwheeler “Tutshi,” which burned in 1990. The sternwheeler used to ply the lakes between Carcross and Ben-My-Chree, a once-popular resort and garden spot. The tiny locomotive next to the rail depot is the “Duchess,” which ran on a $2 shuttle railroad on land between Tagish and Atlin Lakes, between connecting steamboats. Other historic structures include Matthew Watson’s Store, the old RCMP Barracks, and the Caribou Hotel, which is being restored.