Snag is a village located on a small, dry-weather sideroad
Yukon roads, miscellaneous
In addition to numbered highways, the Yukon has several other roads that are maintained by the territorial government.The Aishihik Road is an 84 mile road from the Alaska Highway at Canyon Creek to the former airfield of Aishihik at the north end of Aishihik Lake. The airfield was part of the...
off the Alaska Highway
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25 kilometres (15.5 mi) south of Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek, Yukon
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. The village of Snag is located in a bowl-shaped valley of the White River and its tributaries, including Snag Creek. It was first settled during the Klondike Gold Rush
Klondike Gold Rush
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. An aboriginal village was also located about 8 kilometres (5 mi) away. It was the site of a military airfield, established as part of the Northwest Staging Route
Northwest Staging Route
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, which closed in 1968. In 1947, the village of Snag boasted a population of 8 to 10 natives and fur traders. An additional staff of 15-20 airport personnel — meteorologists, radio operators, aircraft maintenance men — lived at the airport barracks.
The RecordOn February 3, 1947, the record-low temperature for continental North America was recorded in Snag: -63 °C. That same winter, two previous records had already been set: one on December 13 in Mayo, Yukon
Mayo is a village in the Yukon, Canada, along the Silver Trail and the Stewart River. The population was 248 in 2006. It is also the home of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, whose primary language is Northern Tutchone. Nacho Nyak Dun translates into "big river people". It is serviced by Mayo...
and another at Snag the day before. Staff at the station made note of various phenomena, particularly sound such as voices being heard clearly miles from their source. There was a clear sky (except for some ice fog), and little wind. There were 38.1 centimetres (15 in) of snow on the ground, but was fast decreasing. Another town 180 km (112 mi) northeast of Snag, Fort Selkirk
Fort Selkirk, Yukon
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, claimed an even lower temperature of -65 °C, but this could not be confirmed.
Disappearance of aircraftOn 26 January 1950, a USMC
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Douglas C-54 Skymaster (registration 42-72469) with a crew of 8 and 36 passengers (34 service personnel and 2 civilians) disappeared on a flight from Alaska
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; no wreckage or remains have ever been located.
The aircraft was in the vicinity of Snag when the last contact was made by radio at 17:09.