Local Scenery

Historic Downtown

On the White Pass RR

Lake Bennett


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Gold Rush History

The town of Skagway acts as a clear reminder of Alaska's rich past. During the Klondike gold rush in the 1890's, Skagway flourished as a boomtown at the base of a key route to Yukon territory. Prospectors would take a ship to Skagway, hike the White Pass trail and continue overland to Lake Bennett -- where they would build boats to navigate hundreds of miles of lakes and rivers before reaching the Klondike.

Just before the turn of the century, a railroad was built over the path of the White Pass trail. The railroad is still in operation today and offers visitors an incredible view of the arduous terrain that prospectors traveled on their search for gold.