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Northern Cemeteries and Graves

Wilderness Graves & Memorials in the Yukon

by Murray Lundberg

The Yukon wilderness grave of W. E. 'Bill' McMillan

This page is for solitary graves that we have found around the territory, unrelated to the Klondike Gold Rush or the construction of the Alaska Highway. Also see:
- Wilderness Graves on the Route to the Klondike.
- Alaska Highway Graves & Cenotaphs

The following graves and memorials have been photographed and posted here so far:

Alexander Clark Fisher

1870 - January 1941

Alexander Fisher was an important person in this area for almost 40 years, doing a wide variety of things including having the mail contract. He appears to have served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I (Service #2004532). He died a few months before the first U.S. Army surveyors arrived to build the Alaska Highway.

The grave is located above Fisher's cabin, seen in the lowest photo, which is on an abandoned section of the Alaska Highway at Sheep Mountain, accessed from the Parks Canada visitor center at Km 1649.1 of the Alaska Highway.

In loving memory of

Jennie Lynn Howie

January 23, 1959 - January 5, 2005

Forever with us in our hearts

Mrs. Howie was the first female director of the Transport Services Branch in the Government of Yukon. Under her leadership, numerous pieces of legislation were passed relating to impaired, uninsured and suspended driving. She also was influential in ensuring that commercial vehicles, drivers, and inspectors were trained and held to the same safety standards as the rest of Canada, the United States and Mexico. Howie was also responsible for the creation of the Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame in 1996 to preserve the transportation history of Yukon. In 2016, Mrs. Howie was named Yukon Transportation Person of the Year.

The grave is located in the abandoned Conrad townsite, above the tramway station and mining company dock.

W. E. "Bill" McMillan

1923 - 1987

The McMillan twins mined on Moose Creek for a number of years. Bill was a brother who visited them, eventually died in the area, and wanted to be buried above Moose Creek.

The plaque is on the rock to the left of the grouping as seen in the upper photo. It's not yet known why there are two crosses.

The grave is located above a rough mining road that runs from near the summit of the Top of the World Highway (about 103 km from Dawson) to gold mining property far below on Moose Creek. The road is easily identified by the large portable gold sluice seen in the lowest photo, in which the Top of the World Highway is seen to the left.

Pueblo Mine Disaster

200 meters north of this cairn, nine miners were trapped in a cave-in on March 21, 1917. Three were rescued. Entombed are:

Andrew Beecher
Bob Collins
Mike Kasovich
B. Levich
T. M. McFadden
Tom Zuckoff

Rest in Peace

Erected by local miners in the year 2000

The Whitehorse Star has compiled some of the articles from 1917 related to the diaster an posted them here.

The memorial is located on the Fish Lake Road, which intersects the Alaska Highway as it passes through Whitehorse, at Km 1428.3. The mine is 200 meters up the road seen in the top photo, though there is nothing to see there. The memorial was a project spearheaded by local underground miner Ed Andre; it was unveiled on September 18, 2001.

Silver City Pioneers

These Four Crosses Mark The Graves Of Those Listed Below

Josephus Lamb: 1867 - July 28, 1911
Charles L. Haydon, Son: Aug. 29, 1921 - Jan. 18, 1942
Horace J. Haydon, Father: 1868 - Sept. 15, 1948
Annie Haydon, Mother: June 18, 1885 - Oct. 13, 1950

Courtesy of the Brian Williams Memorial Fund and Sidrock, 1996

These graves and memorial are on top of the bench above the ghost town of Silver City, which is accessed by a road that intersects the Alaska Highway at Km 1635.8, at Kluane Lake.

John Stockton

1866 - 1944

In the Polk's 1923-24 Alaska-Yukon gazetteer and business directory, John Stockton was listed at Glacier Creek.

The grave is located along Glacier Creek, in the 60 Mile mining district west of Dawson. These photos were shot in 1999.