The society was established in 1972 by a group of Atlin residents. It is constituted as a non-profit organization, entirely run by volunteers. The society owns and maintains several historic buildings and vessels in Atlin and also manages the Atlin Museum.
The purpose of the Atlin Historical Society is to preserve, record, present and share the diverse historical aspects of Atlin and area.
By joining the AHS you will become a partner in preserving the rich, local heritage of Atlin, BC.
The Society reflects Atlin's rich history of mining, early tourism, as well as First Nation culture.
Interesting facts about Atlin. Gold started the town of Atlin. On July 27, 1898 Fritz Miller, a German immigrant, discovered gold on Pine Creek. Soon word got out and triggered of a stampede. "As big as the Klondike" newspapers wrote. Before long, all the creeks in the Atlin area had been staked and a tent city sprung up at the shore of Atlin Lake. The tents were soon replaced by buildings of all kinds, including saloons, hotels, brothels, restaurants, banks and stores. A similar town called Discovery was established on Pine Creek. Atlin's downtown was destroyed by two disastrous fires (1900 and 1914 ), but was always rebuilt immediately by the people of Atlin. Due to the nature of gold mining, Atlin went through the cycles of boom and busts today's gold mining is still an important factor for Atlin's economy.
Apart from gold mining tourism has been contributing to the local economy. Early on Atlin has been recognized as a unique travel destination and flourished with the launching of the MV Tarahne in 1917. For twenty years tourists from all over the world were offered something entirely different in North America. With the Great Depression tourism came to a standstill in Atlin. When a road was built in 1949 Atlin became accessible year round.
The Taku Tlingits have been the indigenous inhabitants of this area for thousands of years. They settled and camped on the current site of Atlin town, formerly known to the Tlingit as "Wenah". Salmon had always been an important commerce. When the miners came to Atlin they counted on the provisions from the Tlingit people.