Skagway

12/31/12

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 Skagway, located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, the most northern fjord on the Inside Passage. With its historical district of about 100 buildings from the gold rush era, it receives about a million tourists annually, most of whom arrive on cruise ships.        

A seven-block corridor along Broadway features historic false-front shops and restaurants, wooden sidewalks, locals in period costumes and restored buildings, many of which are part of the Klondike National Historical Park.

Beginning in 1897, Skagway and the nearby ghost town of Dyea was the starting place for more than 40,000 gold-rush prospectors who headed to the Yukon primarily by way of the Chilkoot Trail.

The historic White Pass & Yukon Route railroad provides tours to the top of the mountain pass. Seated in parlor cars, passengers ride up the most spectacular part of the trip viewing scenery such as Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls.

At the top we viewed the White Pass at 2,885 feet, which is also the international boundary between the United States and Canada.

[Graphic] Photo 5 with link to higher quality photo.

A cozy museum highlights the story of the Chilkoot Trail and displays the 1000 pounds of gear the Klondikers were expected to carry.

(image from Library of Congress)

A NWMP station marked the international border between Alaska and the Yukon.

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