Skagway – Around Town

We arrived in Skagway before daylight and stayed until after dark.  So, our first sight this morning was of Skagway.  Our ship pulled into the berth that aligned with the main street.

View of Skagway from the Ship
View of Skagway from the Ship

 

View of Skagway from the Ship
View of Skagway from the Ship

This now-retired rotary snow plow train was built in 1898 and used until 1964.  It has been restored and is on display.

Train Snow Blower
Train Snow Blower

The Skagway Centennial statue was erected in 1997 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the gold rush.  It shows a member of the Tlingit tribe as a packer showing the way to the gold fields.

Skagway Centennial Statue
Skagway Centennial Statue

The Arctic Brotherhood Hall was used by the fraternal brotherhood established in 1899.  Its façade is made up of 8800 bits of driftwood.  See Atlas Obscura for a greater description of the club.  The quoted material below is from that website.

“The club was formed by a group of gold prospectors who arrived in Skagway from the City of Seattle ocean steamer, to set off for the Klondike gold fields seeking fortune. The club was a place for miners to connect and look out for each other. The local meeting hall, dubbed Camp Skagway No. 1, started with 11 members and soon grew to 300. Over time, the Brotherhood spread to other mining camps and at its height in the early 1900s had swelled to around 10,000 members.”

Shop and AB Hall
Shop and AB Hall
Arctic Brotherhood Hall
Arctic Brotherhood Hall

The Red Onion Saloon was established in 1989 as a brothel.

Red Onion Saloon
Red Onion Saloon

Kirmse’s Clock was painted on the rock face between 1898 and 1900.  It is 75 feet high and 50 feet wide.

Kirmse's Clock
Kirmse’s Clock

The Golden North Hotel was built in 1898 as the Klondike Trading Company, but has been a hotel since 1908.

Golden North Hotel
Golden North Hotel

The Skagway Railroad Building houses the offices for the White Pass & Yukon Railroad.

Railroad Building
Railroad Building

In our next post we will ride the White Pass & Yukon Railroad.

Mark

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