Yukon Nuggets


Other News From 1951

  • The White Pass and Yukon Route becomes a Canadian company based in Vancouver.  Before the transition, British interests owned the historic railway.
  • Population changes in the Yukon.  In 1941, the population of the Yukon was 4,914.  In 1943, with the construction of the Alaska Highway and airports and the influx of the American Army and Air Force, the Yukon population grew to about 30,000 people.  In 1951, the population is 9,096 people.
  • Wing Commander Sutherland, RCAF is transferred to Ottawa.
  • Rolf Hougen is Chairman of the Merchants Committee of the Whitehorse Board of Trade.
  • Brigadier Herb Love takes over as Commander of the Northwest Highway System from Colonel Sutherland-Brown.
  • Hougen's Ltd., in association with the Graduate Nurses Club, holds a children's fashion show in the Whitehorse Inn ballroom.
  • The Whitehorse General Hospital expands.
  • Imported buffalo (bison) from Alaska are released on the old Dawson Trail near Braeburn.  A.S. Barker, owner of the telephone company, installs an automatic exchange.
  • The Hart Highway, from Prince George to Dawson Creek, opens.
  • British Yukon Navigation (BYN) is running fewer riverboats this year and removes boats from the Stewart River because of the opening of the new Mayo Road.
  • Alan McGregor is elected President of the Whitehorse Board of Trade.
  • The Mayo hydro facility has served the people since 1951.  It was originally developed to supply electricity to the United Keno Hill Mine at Elsa.  It also supplied electricity to the communities of Mayo and Keno City and neighbouring areas.
  • The popular radio series “Challenge of the Yukon” is now called “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.”
  • The first CBC Television broadcast takes place in Toronto & Montreal.
  • The Whitehorse Board of Trade supports the building of a road from Carcross to Skagway.
  • T.C. Richards' log home at Third Avenue and Steele Street becomes a teacher's residence.
  • Volunteer radio station CFWH raises $626 in a fund drive.
  • “Yukon Manhunt” In this 1951 movie, Kiry Grant and his heroic husky dog, Chinook, lead the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in solving the problem of payroll holdups in the rugged Canadian Northwest.