Railroad Accident

All that we know about this accident is from the Skagway Death Record which states that John Phillips, a White Pass worker was run over by the train and killed on this day, January 29, 1900. But Minter wrote that two Native American workers were killed that day and he only knew the name of Phillips.
Curiously, in February 1900 another worker, John McAllister was killed, also by falling below the wheels of the train near the White Pass summit and he is buried at Bennett Cemetery. There are also at least four other railroad workers buried at Bennett who died in the construction of the railroad between 1899 and 1900: Andrew Aidukewicz or Ajdukewicz, J. Cumberland, A. Kelly, and William Nelson. It is possible that William Nelson was the other Native American worker killed on January 29 1900 that Minter mentions since there were other Nelsons living in Skagway at the time who were Native. In all that makes at least 6 men who were killed around 1900 while working on the line, winter is a brutal time to be up at the pass.

Minter; Skagway Death Record

P.S. the three things missing from front of AB Hall in yesterday’s pic are:
1. the flagpole, 2. the hanging projecting sign, and 3. the bench.



One Reply to “Railroad Accident”

  1. Hi,
    I know the story about the Skagway accident was posted in 2011, but just on the off chance that anyone can help me -I was wondering if anyone might know where I could find more information about the John McAllister killed while building the railway & who is buried in Bennett Cemetery? (His date/place of birth maybe)
    There’s a possibility that he could be an ancestor of mine, but I need to find out more information in order to confirm /disprove this.
    Many thanks

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