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Skagway

(skăg`wā'), city (1990 pop. 692), Skagway-Yakutat census div., SE Alaska, in the Panhandle, at the head of Lynn Canal; founded 1897. It is an ice-free port of entry; a trade and tourist center; the coastal terminus of the White Pass and Yukon Railway, which halted passenger service in 1982 but now operates a tourist train; and the northernmost terminal of the ferry system from Prince Rupert, British Columbia. During the gold rush of 1897–98 it was a major disembarking point to the KlondikeKlondike
, region of Yukon, NW Canada, just E of the Alaska border. It lies around Klondike River, a small stream that enters the Yukon River from the east at Dawson. The discovery in 1896 of rich placer gold deposits in Bonanza (Rabbit) Creek, a tributary of the Klondike,
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. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is there, and Reid Falls (295 ft/90 m) is nearby.

Skagway

 

a city in the USA, in the southeastern part of Alaska. Population, 700 (1970). Skagway is a port on an inlet of the Lynn Canal and the terminus of a railroad line to Whitehorse, Canada. It imports concentrates of nonferrous metals and asbestos from northern Canadian mines. Skagway was founded in 1897 during the gold rush as the starting point of a road across White Pass to the gold fields of the Klondike River valley.

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From Saloons, Prostitutes, and Temperance in Alaska Territory, the independent historian Catherine Holder Spude's book on the rise and fall of gold-rush Skagway, we learn that women such as Pop Corn Kate, Belle Schooler, Frankie Belmont, and Ruth Brown used the proceeds from selling sex to open brothels and purchase substantial tracts of land as well as hotels, saloons, and numerous houses.
As vivid as those tales were, peppered with details my father gathered from yearly race reports, history books and documentaries, they were nothing compared to the firsthand account they received from an Iditarod contender at the musher's camp in Skagway, the second port on our Royal Caribbean cruise from Seattle in July.
While Skagway markets itself as industry-friendly, Haines residents remain stubbornly independent.
It was described as being physically demanding, and it certainly lived up to its name as we climbed a steep trail for two and a half miles alongside the tumultuous Skagway River.
Ships laden with fortune-seekers steamed into tiny settlements like Skagway, turning them into crowded tent cities overnight.
Six blocks and 41 jewelry stores," called out Mike, a tour-ticket hawker in Skagway.
In 1918, the Princess Sophia, 2320 gross tons, left Skagway in a snowstorm and headed down the long fjord misleadingly named the Lynn Canal, blowing her whistle steadily and measuring the minutes and seconds it took for the echo to return.
When thousands of gold seekers rushed in during the Klondike stampede of the late 1890s, docking in Juneau and Skagway, the Jesuits built a parish in Skagway.
We went out of Vancouver on one of the car (Canadian Pacific Registry) ships stopping at various places and ending up in Skagway, then up the so-called Inland Passage, and from there on the narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Railroad to Carcross and Whitehorse.