DescriptionDuring the icy winter of 1897-98 hordes of enthusiastic would-be prospectors who had heard of the Klondike gold strike swarmed ashore at Dyea. They assembled their gear and began the trek over treacherous mountains and down raging rivers to the Klondike. Within 3 months of the first gold strike, the settlement at Skagway grew from one cabin into a thriving city of more than 20,000 people. But the gold rush ended suddenly, and those who had come to Skagway moved on.
The notorious outlaw Jefferson R. “Soapy” Smith and Frank Reid, who represented the outraged citizenry, shot it out in a battle that cost both men their lives. Gold Rush Cemetery, 1.5 miles from town, contains the graves of both “Soapy” Smith and Frank Reid.
A stop on many summer cruises along the Inside Passage, Skagway is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway. Sightseeing opportunities include visits to Reid Falls and flower gardens; tours of the city and the harbor; flightseeing tours to Glacier Bay, gold rush trails and the Juneau Ice Cap; bus excursions to Dyea and Carcross, Yukon; and hiking trips to AB Mountain and the Dewey Lakes.
Gray Line of Alaska offers historical points-of-interest tours daily mid-May to mid-September; phone (907) 983-6088 or (888) 425-1737.
InfoOfficeSkagway Convention & Visitors Bureau 245 Broadway Skagway, AK 99840. Phone:(907)983-2854 or (888)762-1898
Attraction PlaceHoldersThe Days of '98 Show With Soapy Smith
FishingSkagway Fishing Charters