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Pelly Crossing

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Originally, Pelly Crossing was used by Selkirk people as a campsite along the way to Ta'Tla Mun. In the early 1900s, Ira and Eliza Van Bibber established a homestead at the mouth of Mica Creek, where they raised their family. The surrounding area started developing as a ferry crossing over the Pelly River and a construction camp for workers building the Klondike highway. The people of the First Nation had settled near the traditional site of Fort Selkirk on the Yukon River. The construction of the highway, meant the end of many river communities like Fort Selkirk, and the townsite was virtually abandoned. The Selkirk First Nation was relocated to Pelly Crossing to centralize services and make administration easier. The community of Pelly Crossing is located along the Klondike Highway and on the bank of the Pelly River, 282 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse and 254 km southeast of Dawson City.

Source: Yukon Community Profiles

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