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Skagway, Alaska


Skagway, with a population of around 1,000, is located at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska, 103 air miles north of Juneau and 110 road miles south of Whitehorse, Yukon.

The streets of historical downtown Skagway are lined with wooden boardwalks and restored buildings, looking much as they did 100 years ago.

Skagway was the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush during the days of '98, and continues to hold on to its boom-town roots today. It is the traditional home of the Chilkoot and Chilkat people, who called the place “Skagua,” meaning “windy place.” They hunted and fished in the area for centuries, developing trading routes with the inland First Nations. These trading routes proved useful for early prospectors, and after gold was discovered near Bonanza Creek in 1896, these routes expanded and modified to accommodate the hundreds of prospectors who took off to the Klondike through the Chilkoot Pass.


In 1897, the first steam-wheelers from San Francisco, Portland and Seattle arrived in Skagway, packed with gold-seekers.  Gold-seekers were required pack and carry one ton of goods over the Chilkoot Pass if they wanted to reach the Klondike. The average man took about 40 trips to haul his ton of supplies 33 miles to Bennet. Most gold-seekers took three months to complete the task. Soon, Skagway boomed and peaked at a population of 10,000 people, many of them prospectors in the midst of their journey, but many were permanent residents offering goods and services to the gold-seeking hoards. In 1900, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway was completed, connecting Skagway to Whitehorse and ending the heyday of travel along the Chilkoot Pass.

Today, you can reach Skagway by road via the South Klondike Highway. The highway is open year-round and connects Skagway to the Yukon.  Skagway is also served by scheduled and charter air services from Whitehorse, Juneau and Haines. Many hundreds of visitors also arrive to Skagway each year via cruise ship.

Businesses - Regular Listings

A Fine Line Alaskan Gifts

Alaska Christmas Store

Alaska Knife & Ulu Store

Alaska Liquor Store

Alaska Marine Highway

Assembly Of God

Beyond Skagway Tours

Bonanza Bar & Grill

Broadway Video/Radio Shack

Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints

Corner Gas Station

Corrington’s Alaskan Ivory & Museum

Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters

First Presbyterian Church

Frontier Excursions & Adventures

Glacial Smoothies & Espresso

Gold Digger Restaurant

Gold Rush Gifts

Gold Rush Trail Camp & Salmon Bake

Gray Line Alaska

Haines Convention
& Visitors Bureau

Happy Endings Saloon

Historic Skagway Inn

Jewell Gardens & Garden City Glassworks

Jewell Gardens Gift Shop & Glass Gallery

Life Link & Fellowship Church

Mermaids Garden Restaurant

Mile Zero Bed & Breakfast

Olivia’s Bistro at the Skagway Inn

Packer Expeditions –
The Mountain Shop

Poppies Garden Restaurant at Jewell Gardens

PR Distributing

Remedy Shoppe


Skaguay News Depot & Books

Skagway Brothel Museum

Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau

Skagway Day Cafe

Skagway Float Tours

Skagway Hardware LLC

Skagway Mining Co.

Skagway Museum & Archives

Skagway Outlet Store

Skagway Salmon Bake At Liarsville

Skagway Spirits Distillery

Sockeye Cycle – Skagway

St. Teresa Catholic Church


Train Shoppe, The

Westmark Skagway

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