advertisement

Poet Robert Service lived in this two-room log cabin from 1909 to 1912. Backed up against the steep cliffs edging Dawson City, Service's modest cabin today plays host to a string of pilgrims who come to hear an actor twice daily recite some of the most famous verses in the authentic milieu. Oddly enough, the bard of the Gold Rush neither took part in nor even saw the actual stampede. Born in England, he didn't arrive in Dawson until 1907 -- as a bank teller -- when the rush was well and truly over. He got most of his plots by listening to old prospectors in the saloons, but the atmosphere he soaked in at the same time was genuine enough -- and his imagination did the rest.