Dawson City, officially the City of Dawson, is a town in the Canadian territory of Yukon.
The current settlement was founded by Joseph Ladue and named in January 1897 after noted Canadian geologist George M. Dawson, who had explored and mapped the region in 1887.
Dawson is the second largest town in Yukon.
Dawson served as Yukon’s capital from the territory’s founding in 1898 until 1952, when the seat was moved to Whitehorse.
Dawson was incorporated as a city in 1902, the population was under 5,000. St. Paul’s Anglican Church, also built that same year, is a National Historic Site.
The Estimated Population of Dawson is 1,375.
Dawson City lies on the Tintina Fault. This fault has created the Tintina Trench and continues eastward for several hundred kilometres. Erosional remnants of a lava flow from outcrops immediately north and west of Dawson City.
The average temperature in July is 15.7 °C (60.3 °F) and in January is −26.0 °C (−14.8 °F).
The highest temperature ever recorded is 35.0 °C (95 °F) on 9 July 1899 and 18 June 1950. The lowest temperature ever recorded is −58.3 °C on 3 February 1947.
The Dawson community is at an elevation of 320 m or 1,050 ft.