Skagway in Skagway Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
Skagway and White Pass
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. Touch 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 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.
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.
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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.)
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.)
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
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,908 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on April 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on August 3, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 12. submitted on October 9, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 13. submitted on October 8, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 14, 15. submitted on October 9, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 16. submitted on October 10, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.