Jack London landmark
Plaque describing discovery of Jack London’s cabin in Alaska and its ties to Oakland, California ©Author Adventures

Jack London

Few writers have packed as much into one short lifetime as Jack London (1876-1916).

A visit to the Jack London Museum in Dawson City will help you re-live parts of the author’s life in the rugged “Paris of the North.” It includes half of London’s cabin. (The other half is in Jack London Square of Oakland, California.) Because of the shared connection with the author, we were able to include a description of this excellent museum high in the Yukon, even though it would normally be beyond the geographic boundaries of our website about US literary landmarks.

For this Author Adventures trail, be sure to read The Call of the Wild in advance. This classic e-book by Jack London is available for free through www.gutenberg.org. A feature film based on the book, starring Harrison Ford, was released for US theaters nationwide in 2020.

A vivid story about a pilgrimage of iconic actor and environmentalist Eddie Albert to the Jack London cabin in the Yukon was published in 1969. Read about it here: The Free Lance-Star (1969).

If you are traveling to Alaska by way of California, consider seeing Jack London’s cabin (also partly recreated) in Oakland (see http://jacklondonsquare.com/). Or, visit his final homestead in northern California. Read more at Jack London homestead in Glen Ellen and at California.

Robert W. Service

Less than a mile from Jack London’s cabin in Dawson City sits the cabin of another major writer, British-born poet Robert W. Service, known since the early 20th century as “The Bard of the Yukon.” It is open to the public and tour-able spring and summer weekday afternoons.

Read about the poet and another landmark that honors him here: https://authoradventures.org/service-robert.

Read about the cabin here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/yt/klondike/activ/robert-service.

These stops are the final destinations on our Alaska Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart