Robert Service Cabin
Stroll three blocks uphill from the Dawson City Museum to 8th Avenue (at Hanson St.) to see the log cabin that Robert Service called home 1909–1912. Service, who never took shovel nor pan to earth nor water, wound up as a troubadour–bank teller in Dawson City and made his fame and fortune unexpectedly while living here, penning such classic prose poems as “The Cremation of Sam McGee” and “The Shooting of Dan McGrew.”
No one has lived in this cabin since Service left Dawson a celebrity in 1912, and people have been making pilgrimages to it ever since. The cabin is open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in the summer, and Charlie Davis does recitations of Service’s best-known poems at 3 p.m. for adult $7.50, senior $6.50, child $4.50.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition