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Skagway in Skagway Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
 

Skagway and White Pass

 
 
Skagway and White Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 4, 1995
1. Skagway and White Pass Marker
Inscription.
has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark
Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 24, 1935, this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States
 
Erected 1964 by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 59° 27.183′ N, 135° 19.161′ W. Marker is in Skagway, Alaska, in Skagway Borough. Marker can be reached from 2nd Street. Click for map. Marker is in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic District. Marker is at or near this postal address: 291 2nd Street, Skagway AK 99840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Skagway Centennial Statue (a few steps from this marker); Three Thousand Pack Animals (a few steps from this marker); Inspector Charles Constantine (within shouting distance of this marker); Jeff. Smith’s Parlor (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fatal Duel (about 500 feet
Skagway and White Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 4, 1995
2. Skagway and White Pass Marker



away); Arctic Brotherhood Camp Skagway (about 500 feet away); Captain William Moore (approx. ¼ mile away); Skagway's Historic Waterfront (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Skagway.
 
Regarding Skagway and White Pass. In 1896, gold was found in the Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory. Beginning in the summer of 1897, thousands of hopeful miners poured into the new town and prepared for the 500-mile journey to the gold fields in Canada. This journey began for many when they climbed the mountains over the White Pass above Skagway and onward across the Canadian border to Lake Bennett, or one of its neighboring lakes, where they built barges and floated down the Yukon River to the gold fields around Dawson City.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service website for the Klondike Gold Rush. Skagway, is at the head of the White Pass Trail. (Submitted on January 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
White Pass and Yukon Route image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 4, 1995
3. White Pass and Yukon Route
 

2. Wikipedia entry for Skagway, Alaska. Skagway has a historic district of about 100 buildings from the gold rush era. It receives about three-quarters of a million tourists annually, most of whom come on cruise ships. The White Pass and Yukon Route still operates its narrow gauge train around Skagway during the summer months primarily for tourists. (Submitted on January 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Municipality of Skagway. Skagway was known as the "Gateway to the Klondike." (Submitted on January 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Skagway Alaska and Harpers Ferry, West Virgina
Both share the distintion of entire town being Historic Towns.
    — Submitted January 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Additional keywords. Klondike Gold Rush National Historic District; WP&YR railway; Dead Horse Gulch; Tagish Lake; Carcross; Yukon River
 
Categories. Notable PlacesRailroads & Streetcars
 
Helpful map of Skagway image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 4, 1995
4. Helpful map of Skagway
Camp Skagway No. 1 and The Artic Brotherhood image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 1996
5. Camp Skagway No. 1 and The Artic Brotherhood
Skagway's most famous building, perhaps, is the two-story Arctic Brotherhood Hall. This driftwood-decorated frame building was the home of a fraternal group founded by gold seekers on their way to the Klondike. The building of "Camp Skagway No. 1" was erected in 1899, and the facade was put up the next year. -+- "Currently gives a brief history of Skagway...in 1996 was a bit of a cute musical skit"... ms
Up into the pass , towards the Klondike image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 4, 1995
6. Up into the pass , towards the Klondike
At White Pass image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 4, 1995
7. At White Pass
Skagway and White Pass RR image. Click for full size.
By Bill Walker, June 23, 2009
8. Skagway and White Pass RR
Skagway and White Pass RR image. Click for full size.
By Bill Walker, June 23, 2009
9. Skagway and White Pass RR
Skagway and White Pass RR image. Click for full size.
By Bill Walker, June 23, 2009
10. Skagway and White Pass RR
Skagway and White Pass RR locomotives image. Click for full size.
By Bill Walker, June 23, 2009
11. Skagway and White Pass RR locomotives
Vintage S&WP RR passenger coaches at Skagway, loading for excursion to the Yukon image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2013
12. Vintage S&WP RR passenger coaches at Skagway, loading for excursion to the Yukon
Retired Skagway and White Pass RR steam engine, side-tracked in woods near the terminal image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2013
13. Retired Skagway and White Pass RR steam engine, side-tracked in woods near the terminal
S&WP RR excursion train, north of Skagway, image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2013
14. S&WP RR excursion train, north of Skagway,
en route to White Pass and the Yukon.
"Steel Bridge" (the world's tallest cantilever bridge when built in 1901) - north of image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2013
15. "Steel Bridge" (the world's tallest cantilever bridge when built in 1901) - north of
Dead Horse Gulch - in use until 1969.
Skagway and White Pass RR excursion - passenger transfer to buses at Yukon border image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2013
16. Skagway and White Pass RR excursion - passenger transfer to buses at Yukon border
 
 
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