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Forty Mile

Forty Mile, Fort Cudahy and Fort Constantine Historic Site is located on the Yukon River northwest of Dawson City, at the mouth of the Fortymile River.

Aerial of Forty Mile

Known simply as Forty Mile, the site is without a doubt one of the most important sites in Yukon’s history.

The territory’s first coarse gold was discovered nearby in 1886. By the winter of ’87, about 160 men had settled here, and the first town in Yukon was born.

Also the site of Yukon’s first Anglican mission school and first police detachment, at its peak the town had a population of over 700.

Called Ch’ëdä Dëk in the Han language, this site has been in use by the ancestors of the 
Tr'ondëk Hwëch’in for at least 2000 years. For the Han, the confluence of the Fortymile and Yukon rivers was important not for gold, but for caribou. The location was one of the major river crossing points for the Fortymile caribou herd.

Forty Mile is now co-owned and co-managed by Yukon Government and Tr'ondëk Hwëch’in. Check out the link below for more information. Or here if you are looking for Archaeology on Forty Mile.