Yukon Nuggets


The Whitehorse Star Reports in 1960

January 14, 1960 D'Arcy Arden, member of a posse which chased Albert Johnson, "The Mad Trapper", in a legendary hunt in 1932, dies at the age of 89 in Yellowknife.
February 4, 1960 Whitehorse city councillors and Dawson mayor are formally sworn into office by Justice Parker on January 28, 1960. The occasion markes the second time in the city's history that councillors are officially installed.
February 4, 1960 The Canadian press releases a report according to which no further road reconstruction on the Canol Road past Ross River will be carried out.
March 24, 1960 Mrs. Rhoda Emmeline MacKenzie, one of the original sourdoughs of the Yukon Trail of '98, passes away in Whitehorse on March 19, 1960.
March 31, 1960 In a simple ceremony in the office of Commissioner F.H. Collins more than 570 miles of the Canol pipeline in the Yukon Territory are turned over to Canada by representatives of the U.S. Army.
April 14, 1960 The territorial council passes legislation according to which all Yukon residents will under the federal hospital insurance plan, beginning July 1st, 1960.
April 21, 1960 Territorial councilors agree with a Chamber of Mines suggestion to alter Dawson's official name to "Dawson City" by 1962. The reason behind is to avoid confusion between "Dawson" and "Dawson Creek".
April 21, 1960 "ALONG THE ALCAN", a book by George Atwood is published and tells the story of the construction of the Alaska Highway.
May 12, 1960 Ice damage takes out the McQuesten Bridge on the Stewart Crossing-Dawson highway.
May 12, 1960 W. D. MacBride is named again president of the Yukon Historical Society.
May 19, 1960 Yukon Electric Company announces it will have a small diesel power plant in operation at Carcross in August.
May 19, 1960 The White Pass Hotel, a city landmark since 1905, changes ownership and will be renamed "Edgewater".
May 26, 1960 The federal government approves the budget to survey a road route from Fort Nelson north to the Northwest Territories' boundary to aid "oil companies engaged in the task of developing … resources of the area."
June 9, 1960 Vivid discussions about a railway to the Yukon. Party leader Robert Strachan says a CCF government in B.C. would carry out Wenner-Gren plans (see July 16, 1959) for a railway to the Yukon. Strachan also requests the railway to be a state-owned railway. Progressive Conservative leader Deane Finlayson calls railway plans for the north a hoax, given that the proposed railway would run through undeveloped country, without chances of revenue.
June 16, 1960 Jack McCandless is elected president of the Whitehorse Lion Club June 11, 1960.
June 16, 1960 A fire sweeps through a three-story log house on Lambert on June 15, 1960.
June 23, 1960 CBC announces to provide daily local news for the Yukon commencing July 4th.
June 23, 1960 Milos Tadich, better known as Big Mike, dies on June 17, 1960 in Whitehorse at the age of 73.
June 23, 1960 On June 27, 1960, a referendum is conducted to learn whether resident-owners of property in the area west of Eighth Avenue want to be included within the City of Whitehorse. Inclusion would mean mean a sewer and water service extension from city lines could be made there.
July 7, 1960 Catherine Elizabeth Firth, daughter of the well-known Yukon pioneer family, is wed to Gary Small on June 25, 1960. The reception is held at the home of Commissioner F.H. Collins.
July 14, 1960 The Alaska Highway bridge over the Peace River is officially opened on July 9, 1960.
August 4, 1960 It is announced that 42 microwave towers will span across 1,200 miles of the north, from Grande Prairie to Mount Dave on the Alaska Yukon border. The microwave line is expected to start beaming messages to and from Alaska by July 1, 1961. The system will be used for defence communication and for commercial purposes.
August 11, 1960 Northern Affairs Minister Alvin Hamilton announces that the government is negotiating to lease and put back into operation two branches of the Canol pipe line running from Whitehorse to Alaska.
August 18, 1960 Dawson City has for the first time direct telephone and telegraph service with the rest of the world. Mayor Mike Comadina used his first long distance call to phone the prime minister with "Hello, hello is that you Mr. Prime Minister?" However, residents aren't able to make long distance calls from their homes until their antiquated switchboard is replaced two years later.
August 28, 1960 After rotting six years at Whitehorse drydock, the paddlewheeler Keno goes on its final voyage to Dawson. At Dawson City the Keno will be beached on a river lot and preserved as a relic of the great paddlewheeler era in the Yukon.
September 4, 1960 3 new Yukon bridges along the Dawson-Mayo highway are opened. The Yukon River bridge at Carmacks, and two bridges spanning the Pelly and Stewart Rivers.
September 8, 1960 The Hougen store is in the midst of our four-step reconstruction program. The reconstruction program includes the construction of an upper story and refinish of the whole front store.
October 6, 1960 Brigadier L.G.C. Lilley assumes the command of the Northwest Highway System.
October 6, 1960 The Star reports that the department of national defence sold power plant equipment worth $500,000, to Yukon Electrical Company for $1.
November 24, 1960 Jim Hanna is named president of the Yukon Liberals November 17, 1960.