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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

3 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi, I’m looking for a famous photo of undelivered mail stuck in Alaska, going into the Yukon. It shows a short shed, with one massive skid of mail, 3/4 of it rotted and wet with mud. Do you know where I could get a copy of that? In trying to explain Dominion Day crowds in Dawson, people don’t get the concept of no counter on which to sort mail, no mailboxes, miners moved form one creek to another, so mail would have to chase them, or perhaps didn’t. Thanks.

  2. Hello, Marlene:

    I am a writer who is also fascinated by the history of Skagway. While on a cruise ship, I attended a lecture on the early history of Skagway and asked the lecturer if he knew anything about Jewish pioneers in Skagway. He did not and was not aware of any Jewish history in town. I believe there was a Jewish pioneer population in Dawson, but do you know anything about Jewish pioneers in Skagway? Thank you.

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