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Carmacks

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Population - 493 (2016 census)

Carmacks is a village on the Yukon River where the Klondike and Robert Campbell Highways meet. It is named after George Carmacks who found coal nearby. A few years later, he discovered gold in the Dawson region with Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie and the gold rush began. The area around Carmacks is rich in minerals including gold, copper, zinc and coal with several mines either in production or being developed.

Carmacks is the home of the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, a Northern Tutchone-speaking people.  For generations their fish camps harvested the annual salmon runs at the confluence of the Yukon and Nordenskiold Rivers; used the area as a hunting camp and traded with other indigenous peoples.

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Here are some additional photos of the Carmacks Checkpoint. (All photos are used courtesy of and with permission from Harry Kern.)