Skagway was made famous during the Alasksa gold rush as ships from Seattle and San Francisco dropped thousands of prospective miners into this muddy, tent city to start their arduous journey over the White Pass and down the Yukon River to Dawson.  Jack London wrote a vivid description of the squalid town in his book, "Call of the Wild."

Today, the town has about 800 year around residents, but doubles in size in the summer as college kids and other workers arrive to manage recreation for the nearly one million tourists which pass through on cruise ships.

The town still has a boardwalk feel, with a few blocks of wooden, false fronted, shops.  In fact, the town is virtually a museum, as all the establishments have tried to retain the flavor and many of the antiques of its mining days. 

The White Pass and Yukon Route Railway was built as the gold rush neared and end, but still carries tourists up the spectacular White Pass and into the border with Canada.  It is considered one of the top ten rail journeys in the world.

 


White Pass Railroad- Skagway

Looking down from the Sappire princess at the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway train.

photo: Phil Johnson





Alaska Ferry - Skagway


The Alaska State Ferry docking at Skagway.  Roger and Barbara (Haggerty) Maynard came over from Haines, Alaska on this ship.

Photo: Don Webster



Snowblower Train Engine- Skagway


Leonardo photographs the snow blower engine.  Snow piles over 30 feet at White Pass in the winter. The train does not run until late spring.

photo: Don Webster


Coach in White Pass Yukon Route Railway


Jennifer, Phil, Joyce Lynn, Tom and Debbie in the old coach carriage.

photo: Phil Johnson


Curve on White Pass Railway


The railway climbs from sea level to 3,000 feet in about 40 miles.

photo: Jim Peterson





Railway above the Skagway River

High above the Skagway River.

photo: Phil Johnson


White Pass Railway hugs the rock

The train hugs the cliff in areas.

photo: Phil Johnson


White Pass Railway Bridge

A newer bridge parallels this original bridge which was a wonder of the world in its day.

photo: Phil Johnson


In Skagway

Barbara Hagerty Maynard (2nd from right) joins the group in Skagway.

photo: Don Webster




Lunch in Skagway

Lunch is a good thing.

photo: Phil Johnson


Snuffy Smith parlor Skagway


Snuffy Smith and his gang were charming imposters who scammed the miners out of their supply money in multiple, devious ways.  Snuffy was finally shot by a disgruntled miner on the dock of Skagway. 

photo: Don Webster



Skagway bedpan collection

An attractive collection of bedpans in the Skagway Brothel.

photo: Don Webster



1000 lbs to be carried over the White Pass

Each miner was required to carry 1,000 lbs of gear over the White Pass, here represented at the Railroad Museum.

It could take 45 days for a miner to shuttle the supplies to the base of the mountain, an unwanted delay with harsh winter approaching.

photo: Jojo Nelson


ocean fog

As we moved out into the Pacific, the fog moved in.  We had enjoyed enviable weather for our days in port and at the glacier.

photo: Phil Johnson
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