CASSIAR is an abandoned townsite in the mountainous northwestern Interior 130 km south of the Yukon, just off the STEWART–Cassiar Hwy (see also ROADS AND HWYS). It was also the name given to a MINING district centred on DEASE LK farther south, the scene of a frenetic GOLD RUSH in the 1870s (see also LAKETON; CENTREVILLE). Cassiar townsite, which reached a peak population of 1,500, grew up around an ASBESTOS mine that opened in 1952. Forty years later, when the mine closed, everything in the...

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