Skagway, Taiya Inlet


Skagway, Taiya Inlet

by | Sep 21, 2018

Skagway is a community at the mouth of the Skagway River, near the head of Taiya Inlet, about 90 miles (145 km) northwest of Juneau, Alaska. The name Skagway or Skaguay is derived from shԍagéi, a Tlingit idiom which figuratively refers to rough seas in the Taiya Inlet that are caused by strong north winds

The town, called “The Gateway to the Golden Interior,” was founded in 1897 by steamboat Captain William Moore when gold was first discovered in 1896 near Dawson on the Yukon River. The town served as a base of operations for thousands of prospectors during the Klondike gold rush of 1897-98, and for a while became the largest town in Alaska. Both Canada and the United States claimed possession because of uncertainty over the border location, but Canada yielded to the United States until the dispute was settled. The Skagway post office was established in 1897, and the population grew to 3,117 by 1900. A military post at Skagway was called “Skaguay” by the U.S. Army.

Skagway is the southern terminus of the Chilkoot Trail and the White Pass Trail in what is now the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The town is the terminus of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad, which was built to Whitehorse in Yukon, Canada, during the gold rush period. Skagway is connected to the road system via the Klondike Highway, completed in 1978, allowing access to the Yukon and the Alaska Highway. The community is an important terminal for the Alaska Marine Highway ferries and is a popular stop for cruise ships. The tourist trade is a big part of the local economy.  Read more here and here. Explore more of Skagway and Taiya Inlet here:

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