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Skagway

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Location

59 ° 27' 30" N,
135 ° 18' 50" W

Region

Skagway

Elevation

30 ft (9.14 m)

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About

population 659 at mouth of Skagway River, near head of Taiya Inlet, 90 mi. NW of Juneau, Coast Mts.


History

Name derived from Skagway River. The town, called "The Gateway to the Golden Interior," was founded in 1897 by Captain William Moore, who had a cabin here, when gold was first discovered in 1896 near Dawson, on the Yukon River. The town served as a base of operations for thousands of prospectors during the Klondike gold rush of 1897-98, and became the largest town in Alaska at that time. Both Canada and the United States claimed possession, but Canada yielded to the United States until the boundary dispute was settled. Skagway post office was established in 1897, and the population grew to 3,117 in 1900. The town is the terminus of the White Pass and Yukon RR which was built to Whitehorse in Yukon, Canada during the gold rush period. A military post at Skagway was called "Skaguay" by the U.S. Army.

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Places Near Skagway
Bars:

Indian Rock,

Bays:

Lutak Inlet, Nahku Bay, Smugglers Cove, Taiya Inlet, Taiyasanka Harbor, Tanani Bay,

Beaches:

Tanani Beach, Tlegu Beach,

Capes:

Dyea Point, Halutu Peninsula, Low Point, Nukdik Point, Taiya Point, Tanani Point, Yakutania Point,

Cities:

Skagway,

Dams:

Haines Army Depot Water Supply Dam, Lower Dewey Lake Forebay Dam, Lower Dewey Lake Number 1 Dam, Upper Dewey Lake Dam,

Glaciers:

Irene Glacier, Laughton Glacier, Saussure Glacier, Schubee Glacier, Villard Glacier,

Lakes:

Black Lake, Devils Punch Bowl, Goat Lake, Icy Lake, Lost Lake, Lower Dewey Lake, Paradise Lake, Pump House Lake, Summit Lake, Upper Dewey Lake,

Mountains:

A B Mountain, Boundary Peak 109, Mount Carmack, Mount Cleveland, Mount Clifford, Face Mountain, Mount Harding, Mount Hoffman, Porcupine Hill, Mount Ripinski, Twin Dewey Peaks, Mount Villard, Mount Yeatman,

Parks:

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park,

Mountain Passes:

White Pass,

Mountain Ranges:

Sawtooth Range,

Ridges:

Halutu Ridge,

Rivers:

East Fork Skagway River, Ferebee River, Nourse River, Skagway River, Taiya River, White Pass Fork Skagway River,

Streams:

Burro Creek, Captain William Moore Creek, Dayehas Creek, Dewey Creek, Johnson Creek, Johnson Creek, Kasidaya Creek, Mink Creek, Nelson Creek, Porcupine Creek, Reid Creek, Snyder Creek, West Creek,

Routes:

Chilkoot Trail, Dewey Lakes and Devils Punch Bowl, Lower Dewey Lake Loop Trail, Mount Ripinsky and 7 Mile Saddle Trail, Reid Falls Trail, Skyline Trail, Sturgill's Landing Trail,

Valleys:

Ferebee Valley, Glacier Gorge, Warm Pass Valley,

Cities:

Canyon City (historical), Denver (historical), Gantegastaki (historical), Rocky Point (historical), Tanani,

Waterfalls:

Bridal Veil Falls, Pitchfork Falls, Reid Falls,