Skagway, Alaska — Northwest (North America)
Captain William Moore
A former steamboat captain on the rivers in Alaska and British Columbia, Moore was an adventurer who had taken part in gold stampedes in North and South America. Like many of men already mining in the north, he believed that gold would be found, and had a vision of Skagway---with its deep-water harbor and trail through the White Pass—as the gateway to the north. For the next ten years father and son worked intermittently on improvements to their homestead and wharf. Captain Moore’s dream almost became a nightmare when thousands of stampeders began to arrive on the Skagway beach in July, 1897. Gold had been discovered a year earlier in the Klondike.
In 1907 the Moores decided to leave Skagway. For 20 years they had pursued a dream and had lived to see a railroad in Skagway. Captain Moore spent his remaining years in Victoria, British Columbia.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1897.
Location. 59° 27.014′ N, 135° 19.416′ W. Marker is in Skagway, Alaska. Marker is on Broadway. The marker is located at the Port of Skagway south of the Visitors Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Skagway AK 99840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Skagway's Historic Waterfront (a few steps from this marker); Three Thousand Pack Animals (approx. ¼ mile away); Skagway Centennial Statue (approx. ¼ mile away); Skagway and White Pass (approx. ¼ mile away); Inspector Charles Constantine (approx. ¼ mile away); Jeff. Smith’s ParlorFatal Duel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Arctic Brotherhood Camp Skagway (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Skagway.
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