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A town of western Yukon Territory, Canada, at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. A boom town during the Klondike gold rush of the late 1890s, it was the territorial capital from 1898 to 1951.
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(Placename) a town in NW Canada, in the Yukon on the Yukon River: a boom town during the Klondike gold rush (at its height in 1899). Pop: 1251 (2001)
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(ˈdɔ sən)

1. Sir John William, 1820–99, Canadian geologist.
2. William Levi, 1899–1990, U.S. composer and conductor.
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Noun1.Dawson - a town in northwestern Canada in the Yukon on the Yukon RiverDawson - a town in northwestern Canada in the Yukon on the Yukon River; a boom town around 1900 when gold was discovered in the Klondike
Yukon Territory, Yukon - a territory in northwestern Canada; site of the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s
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Dawson, and gave his opinions with a judicious freedom.
Dawson will be obliged to acknowledge that there is no excuse for not employing her.
The scene of this chronicle is the town of Dawson's Landing, on the Missouri side of the Mississippi, half a day's journey, per steamboat, below St.
I came over Chilcoot Pass with two thousand letters for Dawson. I was letter carrier.
Tiny sold her hotel, invested half her money in Dawson building lots, and with the rest she developed her claim.
Back in Dawson, though he remained true to his word and never touched hand to pick and shovel, he worked as hard as ever in his life.
With four hundred miles of trail still between him and Dawson, he could ill afford to have madness break out among his dogs.
In the fall of the year, when the first snows were falling and mush-ice was running in the river, Beauty Smith took passage for himself and White Fang on a steamboat bound up the Yukon to Dawson. White Fang had now achieved a reputation in the land.
"Will you sign a paper to the effect that you shift for yourself as soon as you get to Dawson?" the business one demanded.
My name's Dawson, Joe Dawson, an' I'm tryin' to scare up a laundryman."
His first marriage with the daughter of the noble Binkie had been made under the auspices of his parents; and as he often told Lady Crawley in her lifetime she was such a confounded quarrelsome high-bred jade that when she died he was hanged if he would ever take another of her sort, at her ladyship's demise he kept his promise, and selected for a second wife Miss Rose Dawson, daughter of Mr.
Of course we stuck by him, I and Dawson, who, with his wife, used to do the book-work and the managing.