Keno..Just About the End of the Road

Keno Road near Elsa

Best part of the 44 Km dirt road to Keno. Mining trucks have chewed up the major part of the road.

Wind river Valley

Looking north east across the valley en route.

hammered metal building

This facade appears to be metal (possibly gas cans), flattened and painted.


Don’t get your hopes up…

No Gas here

Hasn’t been gas for years

Back streets of Keno


Three locals

Keno Locals


Logs and cabin

Who you gonna call?
Keno Hill was once a major hub for silver mining. Located 44 km from Mayo on a dirt road, it has a year round population of around 12. There once were ancillary mines around in the hills, with people living at them…like Wernecke, Calumet, and Elsa. All merely names on the map now. They were all communities, and Keno was the center. Now Keno has a really good Museum, a couple of cafes (possibly seasonal) and a hotel bar. Grocery shopping is in Mayo, where there is a general store/grocery. And a cardlock gas station.Nearest town is Dawson way to the north, and nearest city is Whitehorse way to the south. It doesn’t get much more remote than Keno.
Yeah, Keno was named after the gambling game. 

Pioneer Cemetery at Mayo, Yukon

Mayo Cemetery general BW 0259Marie Beaupre 0268Garnet Fitzwilliam Baimster BW 0263Bare Board Mayo Pioneer Cem BW 0262Robert Hall BW 0261Albert Grant BW0264Mayo was once a red hot mining town. Been on a roller coaster since the early 1900’s. To get there you drive up the Klondike Highway and turn off at the Stewart river. Not very central to anything. These graves are in the old Pioneer Cemetery in Mayo. They sit together forever in a small grove.

Traveling in the Yukon Territory



This gouge out of the mountain dominates Dawson.

Permafrost effect on old buildings

If you don’t raise your foundation on blocks, then this happens over time.


Sternwheelers were the main transportation mode for most of a century. This is for tourists now


Dirt streets. And a zany collection of period buildings and modern buildings built in period style.


A dream realized. We roadtreked to the Yukon. Visited many historical sites like Dawson City, Mayo, Keno Hill, and the spectacular country between these far flung places. The photos here are of Dawson, home of the Klondike Gold Rush. A suitable town at the end of the road. At least, the Klondike Highway. If you are up for it, and your vehicle is up for it, there is the Dempster Highway which now extends north to the Beaufort Sea at Tuktoyaktuk.  We didn’t go. So our vehicle can’t boast a muddy coating of Tuk Muk. Even so, we found lively scenes in Dawson and Whitehorse. Yukon is energizing.