Skagway in Skagway Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
Skagway Centennial Statue
For centuries, the Tlingits controlled these passes. The tide of stampeders forced them to give up control, but native packers still guided would-be prospectors over these mountains, and they were paid handsomely for their work. This sculpture represents a typical scene at the start of the Chilkoot or White Pass trails in August 1897. The Tlingit packer, in his 40’s, has centuries of knowledge about the route from his ancestors. He wears traditional clothing, made of moosehide and bear fur, and carries a pack made from the skin of a mountain goat, held to his back by a tumpline strapped around his chest. He leads a 30 year-old stampeder, just off a ship from Puget Sound, who is determined to reach the gold fields. His pack is a wood-frame box, and outside are strapped his hunting knife, shovel and gold pan, which he hopes will gather riches before winter. With eyes wide open and an eager smile, the stampeder has no apprehension about the rigors of the
Statue Design Input: Si Dennis Sr., Richard Dick, Marian Katzeek Kelm, Roy Minter, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, John Svenson, Dr. Bob White.
Skagway Centennial Committee: Clay Alderson, Jeff Brady, Irene Henricksen, John McDermott, Carl Mulvihill, Stan Selmer.
Centennial Park Architect – Jones and Jones; Survey – David Miller; Contractor – Hunz and Hunz; Funding – City of Skagway, White Pass & Yukon Route, donations.
Erected 1997 by Skagway Centennial Committee.
Location. 59° 27.177′ N, 135° 19.169′ W. Marker is in Skagway, Alaska, in Skagway Borough. Marker is on Broadway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The Skagway Centennial Statue is located in Skagway Centennnial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 157 Broadway, Skagway AK 99840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Three Thousand Pack Animals (here, next to this marker); Skagway and White Pass (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 away); Arctic Brotherhood Camp Skagway (about 500 feet away); Captain William Moore (approx. ¼ mile away); Skagway's Historic Waterfront (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Skagway.
Also see . . .
1. Klondike Gold Rush. (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Klondike Gold Rush National Historica Park - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
3. Skagway, Alaska History. (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Additional keywords. Skagway Centennial Park
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans •
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