History of the Yukon's Mayo District

Gold...it's the catalyst of the imaginations of men. While it brought Mayo its first settlers, silver gave it the prosperity and history that set it apart from the mainstream of Yukon gold-rush lore.

The pages of Gold & Galena contain many stories of the Mayo district never previously published. It is a history of individuals who may have come to the Yukon hoping to have Midas touch them, but in lieu, developed the silver-bearing galena deposits of its heartland. The central Yukon town of Mayo became the hub from which they would strike out to Keno Hill, Galena Hill, and many other important silver-bearing properties.

This book records the region's history from when the first gold seekers mined on the Stewart River bars in 1883 (predating the Klondike Rush by 15 years) to the late 1950's, one of the most active periods of silver mining in the vicinity. The movements of the region's aboriginal people, the Na-Cho Nyak Dun, are summarized from the mid-1800's to the fifties.

The book includes a section devoted to personal accounts of individuals and pioneers. For those looking to find lost relatives, there is also a compendium listing 900 names.

This publication, rich in detail about Mayo and vicinity, will not only be treasured by those who wish to see the deeds of their friends and relatives, but also by the historian who wishes to study the development of this historic northern community.

Gold & Galena has been a strong seller in the Yukon since its release in March 1991. Mail orders have been received from around the globe. Winner of the Award of Merit (Friesen Printers, Manitoba, Canada) "in recognition of outstanding achievement for the documentation and compilation of a local history."

Mayo Historical Society. Gold & Galena: a History of the Mayo District. Illus (b/w) photos. Comp. Linda E. T. MacDonald and Lynette R. Bleiler. Mayo, Yukon: Mayo Historical Society, 1990. xvi + 503p. ISBN 0-88925-934-8 (cloth).

To order your copy for $50.00 CDN (GST included) + shipping and handling, please contact:

Village of Mayo
P.O. Box 160
Mayo, Yukon
Canada Y0B 1M0

Phone: (867) 996-2317
Fax: (867) 996-2907
Email: mayo@northwestel.net

Come visit Keno City and the Village of Mayo.