Skagway, Alaska is surely one of the most charming gold rush boom towns in the world.

In 1897, a gold rush to the far reaches of the Klondike kicked off, and legions of determined adventurers would find themselves destined to pass through this remote corner of the world, on their way further north to the gold fields.

In its day, Skagway’s streets have witnessed all of the riveting drama, crimes, struggles and joys of those who once passed through. Today, it still attracts many visitors, who come to see the well-preserved historic gold-rush era buildings.

My name is Marlene and I do research on the Gold Rush in Skagway and the Yukon.

Continue through to find tales of ghosts that inhabit buildings; famous people who passed through; murders only recently uncovered; missing persons; shipwrecks; avalanches; merchants; lovers; orphans and lost souls.

These are their stories.

If you have a story you can contribute, especially letters from the stampeders of the Klondike Gold Rush, or even material from other periods of Skagway’s history, don’t hesitate to contact me at marlene.w.mcc@gmail.com

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