Dawson, Sir John William 1820-99; Cdn. geologist, naturalist, & educator
city in W Yukon Territory, Canada, on the Yukon River: former gold-mining center: pop. 1,300
Origin of Dawsonafter G. M. Dawson (1849-1901), Canadian geologist
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.