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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Skagway, Alaska — Northwest (North America)

Mollie Walsh


Mollie Walsh Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 16, 2010
1. Mollie Walsh Marker
Inscription.  Mollie was a resourceful and independent young woman with a wanderlust and love of frontiers. In 1890, she left home at 18 for Butte, Montana where she spent seven years. Landing in Skagway in 1897, Mollie became popular as a waitress and member of humanitarian activities of the Union church. When her efforts crossed Jefferson “Soapy” Smith, she feared retaliation and moved up the White Pass Trail near a Canadian Mountie station where she established a grub tent.

Over the spring of 1898, thousands of argonauts began carrying stories of her charm and grace. Jack Newman and Mike Bartlett both hardy and reputable packers, were serious suitors, but Mike finally won Mollie’s heart. In 1900 they were married in Dawson, had a child and rode a wild wave of prosperity until the evil of drink and a bad experience in Nome changed Mike dramatically.

Mollie eventually moved to Seattle without Mike, but he pursued her. One dreary October eve in 1902, drunk and quarrelsome, Mike came to the room Mollie shared with their child. After a short argument, Mollie, who was ill, fled to a muddy alley where her husband shot her dead.

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Newman never forgot the diminutive woman who won his heart. In 1930, his statue to Mollie was unveiled and now stands in the Skagway park named for her. Newman wrote that Mollie was a woman “on whose headstone could be most fittingly inscribed; Here Lies Drama!”

[Photo captions:]
“The Bartlett brothers in the only known photo of them together: Ed, standing center, Al seated left, Mike seated right. The other two men have not been identified.” Vida Bartlett Collection, acc. #90-176, Archives, AK and Polar Regions Dept, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

“The Bartlett family, a collection of photos found in a bureau in Mollie Walsh Bartlett’s rented room on the night of her murder.” from the Seattle Post Intelligencer, October 28, 1902.

“A stately Jack Newman after returning to the lower states, about 1930” from the Gold Book, The Alaska-Yukon: Fred N. Attwood ed. Seattle Sourdough Stampede Assoc. Inc. [date unclear]

Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 59° 27.342′ N, 135° 18.821′ W. Marker is in Skagway, Alaska. Marker is on 6th Avenue east of Broadway. The marker is located in Mollie Walsh Park. 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
Mollie Walsh Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 16, 2010
2. Mollie Walsh Memorial
Located to the left of the marker:

Alone without help this courageous girl ran a grub tent near Log Cabin during the Gold Rush of 1897-1898, She fed and lodged the wildest gold crazed men. Generations shall surely know this inspiring spirit. Murdered Oct. 27, 1902.
within walking distance of this marker. Bank of Alaska (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail of '98 Museum (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Skagway Remembers (about 400 feet away); Arctic Brotherhood Camp Skagway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jeff. Smith’s Parlor (approx. ¼ mile away); Fatal Duel (approx. ¼ mile away); Inspector Charles Constantine (approx. ¼ mile away); Skagway and White Pass (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Skagway.
Also see . . .  Mollie Walsh 1872-1902. (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,163 times since then and 131 times this year. Last updated on April 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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