Atlin is the most beautiful place on Earth; in any season, in any weather.
"We're here because we're not all there." long-time Atlin resident.
in the cafe: "Can I get fired
from a volunteer job?... if I can, what I did today will probably do it."
An experienced placer gold miner was heard to say, "Atlin's had only two good years, 1898 and next year."
A Brief History of Transportation to Atlin
Taku River Tlingits trekked hundreds of miles in their annual migration
from Juneau AK, up the Taku River and over the watershed to the Atlin
Valley and back. They visited Atlin, Teslin, Carcross even before these
places had these names. When gold was discovered in Atlin in 1898, gold
seekers from the south poured into Skagway AK and began the quest
northward: north over the White Pass and eastward over the Fantail
Trail, on foot and then by boat, to Atlin Lake. By 1901, The White Pass
Railway was constructed from Skagway AK to Whitehorse Yukon. It covered
about 120 miles, with stops along the way.
So... In 1901, if you were seeking Klondyke Gold in Atlin, how would you and your gear get from Vancouver to Atlin?
a steamer north to Skagway; take the White Pass Railway north to
Carcross, about 60 miles. Then, you'd make your way by boat or on foot,
south on Tagish Lake, then east to Atlin Lake.
the years, as Atlin became a popular destination with miners and
tourists alike, the route evolved to be less of a hardship and more of
an adventure. By 1917, you'd board a paddlewheeler at Carcross; sail
southward on Tagish Lake to Taku Landing. There, you'd take the Taku
Railway, the World's Shortest and Most Expensive Railway ($2 for 2
miles) across to Scotia Bay on Atlin Lake. Then you'd take the MV
Tarahne 4 miles across the lake to Atlin.
Atlinites don't do anything by halves.
1926/27, to accommodate the burgeoning tourist trade, the MV Tarahne
was cut in half and lengthened. In 2008, with a precipitous drop in
Tourism caused by high gas prices, some of us were considering cutting
it in half and shortening it again! At least we know this won't be
voted down at City Council because:
Said of Atlin: "When times are good, you don't want to leave; when times are bad, you can't afford to."
Atlin is "Unincorporated"
means it has no local government structure. It is not a village, nor a
town, nor a city; it does not have a mayor or a reeve or a councilor…
Atlin has no local municipal government, and is not part of a regional
district. The Taku River Tlingit First Nation is self-governed, but the
Atlin community as a whole, and that includes the TRTFN, is
unincorporated. Atlin has once again been asked by the provincial
government to undertake a governance study. This has happened several
times. The report was ready in late 2007; it proposed an "Enhanced
Improvement District"; a public referendum was held in February of
2008. The outcome of that, as of January 2009, is that we now have ACID
ie: Atlin Community Improvement District. It combines the Atlin
Improvement District and the Atlin Advisory Planning Committee. We're
Much of Atlin is run by volunteers. Volunteers make enormous
contributions of time, energy and other donated resources. When Atlin
people want something, they give of their limited resources and go
after it. Atlin volunteers are persistent. Without our volunteers,
Atlin would have no voice with government, and very few basic community
Overheard in the Post Office Lobby: "But it can't be his baby; he's had a vasectomy." No secrets here.
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