EPISODE 679 ESCAPING THE YUKON PART 6: HORSES …HORSES DIED LIKE MOSQUITOES IN THE FIRST FROST (JACK LONDON)
Nov. 16, 2022
The White Pass Railway passed over Dead Horse Gulch. A chilling place where an estimated 3,000 hoses are remembered.
Mot all died in tis hellhole . There were other gruesome deaths. Some gold seekers never even fed their horses . Couldn’t afford
to pay imported cost of hay. And there was nothing for the horse to eat even if it managed to reach White Pass.
These horses appear to be carrying imported hay. Sold at high prices to the few
men who tried to take their horses on to Dawson City.
The terrible deaths of 3,000 horses by men who should have cared for these helpless
animals is one of the big stains on the whole Gold Rush adventure. The horses were overloaded
and some simply fell over backwards as they scaled the White Pass.. At night the loads were left
on the horses making their lives even more miserable. No food for the horses. No care at all. Those that
survived the climb to White Pass were often abandoned to starve to death.
The treatment of these poor animals is documented below. Many of their bleaching bones remain in