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"Skagway is a Southeast Alaskan paradise, full of culture and brimming with life. Parts of the city seem stuck in 1897, never progressing beyond the height of the Alaskan gold rush era. This is speaking in architectural terms though, as some of the restaurants and shopping facilities offer distinctly 21st century fare. This unique blend of old and new really enhances the atmosphere of Skagway. There is so much to see and so much fascinating history to soak up. The saloons and bars, some of which date back to 1898, are splendid, full of artifacts and local heritage.

Though Skagway is a small enough town that you can pleasantly travel around it on foot, side trips from Skagway to any of the neighboring cities can prove to be a difficult proposition. For example, the city of Haines is 14 miles away by ferry, but if you try and rent a car and drive to Haines, it is an unbelievable 359-mile trip to get there because of the poor or nonexistent access to roads around Skagway. In any event, lucky for you, downtown Skagway is quite compact and all of the best sights are reachable by foot.

In 1897, people from all over the world flocked to Skagway in search of a quick fortune. The gold rush gave thousands of men and women false hopes and dreams, and when the riches didn't pan out, the city really declined.

By mid-1898, Skagway was not a pleasant place to be, as poverty and shantytowns had pretty much taken over. This bustling town of 200,000 shrank to a mere 700 when the gold rush ended. It took a while, but slowly people began to realize that there was much more to Skagway than an old gold rush town.

In the last two decades, tourism has really kept the city afloat, and with the historic cemeteries, interesting museums, fantastic parks, and lively saloons, Skagway has entered the new millennium with a great deal of confidence."

-- from www.AlaskaCruises.com

Skagway
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
7AM to 5PM



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A trip down Broadway in Skagway...

 

Mamie checks out her caboose in preparation for the trip on the White Pass Rail Road (No, she's not standing next to a big mirror...I'm talking about the train's caboose!!)

     
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It was a day of shopping and adventure for Olna, Matthew and Steve. We also visited the Gold Rush Museum for a taste of the local history.
 

The old train bridge as seen from the White Pass Rail Road. Thank goodness "some" improvements have been made since the Yukon Gold Rush!

     
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The tunnel and our train's engine...

 
Steve, Olna and Matthew loaded down with "goodies"! En route to the Red Onion Saloon which, during the Gold Rush, had a brothel upstairs...our waitress was "Ida Hoe" (I'm not going to touch that one!)
     
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Melayne, Olna and Steve head back to the ship...See: we're getting a little exercise!
     
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