“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Skagway in Skagway Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)

Fatal Duel

Fatal Duel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Jeff Smith, July 8, 1998
1. Fatal Duel Marker
Inscription. Frank Reid, guarding the approach to Sylvester's Wharf, where the vigilantes were meeting to restore law and order, shot "Soapy Smith" who failed to stop when challenged, July 8, 1898.
Erected 1998.
Location. 59° 27.257′ N, 135° 19.196′ W. Marker is in Skagway, Alaska, in Skagway Borough. Marker is at the intersection of Second Avenue and State Street, on the right when traveling east on Second Avenue. Click for map. Located on the southeast corner of Second Avenue and State Street. Marker is in this post office area: Skagway AK 99840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jeff. Smith’s Parlor (within shouting distance of this marker); Arctic Brotherhood Camp Skagway (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Skagway and White Pass (about 500 feet away); Skagway Centennial Statue (about 500 feet away); Inspector Charles Constantine (about 500 feet away); Three Thousand Pack Animals (about 500 feet away); Bank of Alaska (approx. ¼ mile away); Mollie Walsh (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Skagway.
Regarding Fatal Duel. Note the marker states the gunfight took place on Sylvester's Wharf. It actually
Gravesite of Frank Reid - Hero of Skagway Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 1996
2. Gravesite of Frank Reid - Hero of Skagway
Reads, "He gave his life for the honor of Skagway"
took place on Juneau Company Wharf.
Also see . . .
1. Soapy Smith Preservation Trust. (Submitted on December 17, 2008, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California.)
2. The port of Skagway , Wikipedia entry. Between 1897-1898, Skagway was a lawless town, described by one Canadian Mountie as "little better than a hell on earth." Fights, prostitutes and liquor were ever-present on Skagway's streets. The most colorful resident of this period was bad man Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith. He was a sophisticated swindler who liked to think of himself as a kind and generous benefactor to the needy. He had gracious manners and he gave money to widows and stopped lynchings, while at the same time operating a ring of thieves who swindled prospectors with cards, dice, and the shell game. His telegraph office charged five dollars to send a message anywhere in the world. (Submitted on December 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Wikipedia entry for the Shootout on Juneau Wharf. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California.)
Additional keywords. Soapy Smith, Frank Reid, Skagway, Alaska
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Jefferson "Soapy" Smith Gravesite Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 1996
3. Jefferson "Soapy" Smith Gravesite
Died July 8, 1898
Aged 38 years
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jeff Smith of Corona, California. This page has been viewed 2,833 times since then. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Jeff Smith of Corona, California.   2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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