Skagway in Skagway Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Skagway.
Regarding Fatal Duel. Note the marker states the gunfight took place on Sylvester's Wharf. It actually
Also see . . .
1. Soapy Smith Preservation Trust. Alias Soapy Smith, king of the frontier con men, boss of the bunco brotherhood. (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. [$5 in 1898 is the equivalent of more than $2700 today.] (Submitted on December 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Wikipedia entry for the Shootout on Juneau Wharf. “The duel ended with both Smith and Reid being fatally shot – Smith was shot in the heart and died shortly afterwards, and Reid dying 12 days later due to injuries from (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California.)
Additional keywords. Soapy Smith, Frank Reid, Skagway, Alaska
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2008, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California. This page has been viewed 3,175 times since then and 110 times this year. Last updated on April 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was the Marker of the Week July 8, 2018. Photos: 1. submitted on December 17, 2008, by Jeff Smith of Corona, California. 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4, 5. submitted on December 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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