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"Gateway to the Klondike"

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The population of Skagway is approximately 832 (2006), 920 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 502 (2000), 410 (2010).

The amount of land area in Skagway is 1177.625 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Skagway is 452 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 28.822 sq kilometers.
The distance from Skagway to Washington DC is 3152 miles. The distance to the Alaska state capital is 91 miles. (as the crow flies)
Skagway is positioned 59.52 degrees north of the equator and 135.33 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Skagway elevation is 23 feet above sea level.
Skagway per capita income is $27,700 (2000).
Skagway median income is $49,000 (2005).

The Skagway median home price is $174,000 (2005).

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Skagway location: at the northern end of the Inside Passage on the Lynn Canal in the Southeastern Alaska Panhandle. Here is a map page for Skagway. It is about One hundred miles northwest of Juneau. Anchorage is about 1,000 miles from Skagway. Nearby communities include Haines, Mud Bay, Lutak, Klukwan, Covenant Life, Mosquito Lake, Excursion Inlet and Gustavus.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Skagway is a cool, temperate marine environment, just cooler than Seattle, Washington in both the summer and the winter.
Skagway average annual precipitation is 26.5 inches per year.
Skagway average annual snowfall is 49.1 inches per year.
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Skagway history:

The first non-native residents were Capt. William Moore and his son, J. Bernard. They settled in 1887 on the east side of the Skagway River valley. Captain Moore foresaw a gold strike somewhere in the Yukon. When it hit it was big and it hit hard. In July 1897, the first boatloads of stampeders bound for the Klondike landed at Skagway and Dyea.

Historic Skagway saw tens of thousands of fortune-seeking prospectors during the Great Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Here, the stampeders piled off steamships, eager to head overland to the Yukon gold fields on the White Pass Trail from Skagway or the Chilkoot Trail from nearby Dyea. But before the lonely men could leave town, they faced the temptations of 80 saloons, the lure of painted ladies, and the quick fingers of gamblers and thieves such as Jefferson R. "Soapy" Smith and his ruthless gang. Foreseeing a lucrative future in the Yukon, a group of British financiers began construction of the narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Route railroad in July of 1898. Completed to Whitehorse in 1900, and connecting with a region-wide steamship navigation system, the White Pass Corporation began a transportation network in the north that remains to this day.

Skagway boomed during the Gold Rush of 1898, but languished as the rush moved on to Nome in 1899. After the turn of the century many of the businesses moved their buildings from the avenues to front on Broadway and the tracks of the White Pass railroad. The town settled into its ultimate, but less dramatic role as the shipping port for the Yukon. Fire, the scourge of many historic Alaskan towns, thankfully never ravaged downtown Skagway, leaving an authentic Gold Rush atmosphere.

The name Skagway means"Home of the NorthWind" in Tlingit (Indian), and it is appropriate. We have a wind that can be fierce at times, significantly lowering the temperatures with the wind-chill factor.

On 28 June 1900, Skagway became the first incorporated city in Alaska. On 5 June 2007, the residents voted to dissolve the city of Skagway and incorporate as the first first-class borough in the State of Alaska. They are now known as the Municipality of Skagway Borough. The official date of incorporation was 25 June 2007.

Try this history page for the area. Also try this history page.
The founding of Skagway: 1897
The incorporation date of Skagway: 1900

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Skagway attractions:

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Learn more about Skagwayat this Website. Enjoy these great photos of Skagway!

For more information on Skagway Toll-free: 1-888-762-1898.

The Chilkoot Trail

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Economy & Industry

Skagway economy: Tourism is the main part of the economic base. The area has over a million visitors annually, mainly from cruise ships.
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