AAA Editor Notes
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park includes the Skagway Historic District and Chilkoot and White Pass trails, over which each prospector was required to haul nearly a ton of supplies during the gold rush of 1897-98. It was during this stampede that Skagway's population boomed from 5 to more than 10,000.
The park visitor center at Broadway and Second Avenue is in the original White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad Depot, one of Alaska's oldest. Highlights include the 25-minute film "Gold Fever: Race for the Klondike." The Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum contains exhibits and interpretive programs about the era. The Moore House belonged to Skagway's first homesteading family. The Junior Ranger Activity Center, in the Pantheon Saloon at 4th and Broadway streets, features animal furs, Victorian dress-up clothes, coloring sheets, historic artifacts and other activities for kids to enjoy. Walking tours led by a park ranger explore the Skagway Historic District, where many restored buildings represent a colorful history. The Chilkoot Trail Center provides information about day hikes and backpacking on the Chilkoot Trail.
Guided tours are available.