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White Pass

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59 ° 37' 29" N,
135 ° 8' 17" W




2904 ft (885.14 m)


White Pass in Detail.


On the Alaska-Canada bundary, 4 mi. NE of Mount Cleveland and 13 mi NE of Skagway at the head of the Skagway River, Coast Mts.


Named by William Ogilvie, Dominion Land Surveyor, in 1887 for Thomas White, Canadian Minister of the Interior. This pass is probably the same as Shasheki, a Tlingit Indian name reported by W. H. Dall, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), and published in the 1883 Coast Pilot (p. 200). This pass was on one of the principle routes to the Yukon taken by the prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush 1897-1900. Although the White Pass route was less direct than the favorite, but steeper Chilkoot Pass route, it was used by more prospectors during the winter months.