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Skagway Historic District

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Historic District - Skagway, Alaska

Photo by Meri Cheatham
WP&YR Admin Building inset photo NPS

   Looking back to the start of the 20th century, Skagway experienced a lively history ever since Skookum Jim Mason, a Tlingit packer, lead William Moore over present day White Pass and into the Skaqua River Valley in 1887. Just nine years later it seemed as though the world packed up and headed to Skagway, on their way to the Klondike River area. The discovery of gold set off one of the largest migrations of prospectors and speculators in the history of the United States. Over 100,000 gold seekers headed to Alaska seeking a fortune in the Yukon, nearly a 600 mile trek from Skagway. WP&YR Admin Building - Skagway, Alaska Stories of a limitless gold supply attracted 18,000 people to make the trek to Dawson City and the Klondike Mining District. The others stayed in the Skagway area and made attempts to create their own fortunes during the boom.
   Skagway has become one of the top ports of call in the world. Over 750,000 visitors pour into town during the summer season. Today, the spirit of Skagway's Gold Rush days are preserved at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Fifteen historic buildings make up the park service guided walking tour, including the White Pass & Yukon Route Depot, which doubles as the park's visitor center and headquarters. The century old White Pass and Yukon Railroad is another popular attraction out of Skagway.

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