Wagon

Wagon

Huge wooden wagon, with metal reinforced wood wheels and spokes leading to wooden axels

Wagons were an important part of the Keno mining industry. They and their beasts carried all the required amenities during the summer. In the early days, there were no government maintained roads in the area and most roads were considered 'winter' roads. These huge wagons hauled the ore from the mines to the ore repositories nearly 60 kilometres away along the banks in Mayo, Yukon. They also carried freight back to the camps carrying supplies filled with provisions and equipment. They were considerable wagons, able to carry tons of ore and navigate the somewhat difficult terrain of Yukon. The wheeled wagons were used in summer, but even then, had substantial difficulties steering the conditions of the road. As the snow melted the road became soft and malleable often causing the wagon to get stuck in the mud or caught in a rut. In the summer, bumpy terrain and heavy loads could delay the transportation of the important cargo.

Wagons were an important part of the Keno mining industry. They and their beasts carried all the required amenities during the summer. In the early days, there were no government maintained roads in the area and most roads were considered 'winter' roads. These huge wagons hauled the ore from the mines to the ore repositories nearly 60 kilometres away along the banks in Mayo, Yukon. They also carried freight back to the camps carrying supplies filled with provisions and equipment. They were considerable wagons, able to carry tons of ore and navigate the somewhat difficult terrain of Yukon. The wheeled wagons were used in summer, but even then, had substantial difficulties steering the conditions of the road. As the snow melted the road became soft and malleable often causing the wagon to get stuck in the mud or caught in a rut. In the summer, bumpy terrain and heavy loads could delay the transportation of the important cargo.

Institution

Keno City Mining Museum, Keno City

Accession Number

2007.1.19

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