Hougen Group


The First Train in the Yukon, June 7, 1900.

First Train Arrives in Whitehorse

On June 7, 1900, the first train arrived in Whitehorse. This photograph was taken by E.J. Hamacher who established a photo studio and sold photographic supplies. He died in 1937. In the 1940's, Rolf Hougen acquired over 1100 of Hamacher's glass plates from Horace Moore, editor of the Whitehorse Star. Margaret and Rolf donated these photo plates to the Yukon Archives in 2002.

On the Hougen Santa Train, 1963.

Santa visits by Train

A White Pass rail car crowded with children on a trip from McRae to the train depot. Santa, accompanied by Clown Klaus Hoenish walked through the 10 car train giving out bags of candy.