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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.
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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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The breathtaking scenery continues as travelers venture north along the unspoiled coastline with stops at Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Sitka, Haines and Skagway. Skagway, the setting for Jack Londons 'The Call of the Wild', has one of the most colorful histories of any place in Alaska with a prominent role in the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1880s.
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It was infectious, and soon I was dreaming of traveling to Fairbanks to see the Northern Lights, hoping to catch a helicopter tour in Skagway, even talking myself into a kayaking trip in Prince William Sound.
Her journey to "America's last frontier" began in Vancouver, British Columbia, with the trio boarding a cruise ship that made its way up to Ketchikan, Alaska, and through the islands of the Inside Passage to Skagway. In the port of Skagway, they boarded the White Pass Yukon train--a narrow-gauge railroad that was built during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898--for a three-hour trip that took them up the mountains to White Pass Summit at 2,865 feet.
For us tenderfoots, who had come from the luxurious pampering of Holland America Line's Statendam, docked 30 miles away in Skagway, this was the call of the wild.
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