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For him, its compilation has been a labour of love, occupying years of research through old manuscripts, maps, books and all sorts of sources of information including mining records and private diaries. This work has taken him to many parts of Canada and to the United States in his hunt for original sources of names. From this he has produced a convenient alphabetical list of Yukon names, giving the features they apply to, their locations and historical background. In many instances this includes tales of the men who discovered the features, how they chose the names and who or what the names commemorate, in addition to accounts of those whose names the features bear. The author gives historical accounts not only of the well-known, established names in common usage but also of lonely creeks and hills, and long-abandoned localities in the hinterlands rarely now remembered, whose stories fade with passing years.
Besides supplying the history of these out-of-the-way places, this volume will make a most useful contribution to resurrecting these old names. When new strikes are made on old ground, where the early names were in obscure records and generally unknown, newcomers are prone to introduce new names. Here is a bulwark against such errors. Throughout its length the book by its very nature supplies a store of historical notes and fills an important place among the historical references for the Yukon Territory.
Five years of experience as representative for the Yukon Territory on the Canadian Board on Geographical Names gave me a very real appreciation of the need for such a work as this book and it gives me great satisfaction that this need has now been so well filled. The author points out that a number of names have been omitted for lack of information and almost daily we see new names established. It is my earnest hope that as time goes on, revised editions, in the same style but containing the missing names and giving the new ones, will follow, keeping the record up to date.
Hugh S. Bostock