Fun Skagway Facts

Cracking Fun!

Skagway holds the Guinness World Record for the most people in an egg toss. The record was set on July 4th, 2008 and stretched for several blocks on Broadway.

The Arctic Brotherhood Hall

The Arctic Brotherhood Hall, with its more than 8,883 driftwood sticks nailed to it, is thought to be the most photographed building in Alaska

Soapy Smith

Our Most Famous Citizen is a Criminal and Villain, Jefferson Randolph Smith (AKA Soapy Smith)

Nordstrom Department Store

The founder of the department store Nordstrom, John W. Nordstrom, spent two years in the Klondike during the Gold Rush. He earned $13,000 from a gold-mine stake before returning to Seattle and starting Nordstrom.

 

Golden North Hotel

The haunted Golden North Hotel is the oldest hotel in Alaska.

Visitors

Nearly 1 million people visit Skagway annually.

 

Boom of the Gold Rush

During the Boom of the Gold Rush Skagway had a population of around 10,000 people. By June 1898 Skagway was the largest city in Alaska. Today, the year-round population is around 900 people and we can host just over 10,000 people a day!

Incorporated City

Skagway was the first incorporated city in Alaska, June 28,1900. We beat Juneau by ONE day!

 

Civil Engineering Landmark

Skagway’s White Pass & Yukon Tour is designated an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. A title shared with only 35 others, including the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and the Panama Canal.

Road Access

Skagway is one of only three cities in Southeast Alaska accessible by road.

 

Home of the North Wind

Skagway’s original name, Skagua, means “Home of the North Wind” in Tlingit.

2,000 lbs

Officials in Canada required prospectors to carry 1 ton (2,000 lbs) of food and gear with them when entering Canada, to ensure they did not starve during the winter.

 

Jack London

Jack London, the Author of The Call of the Wild, traveled the Chilkoot Trail. There are even scenes from some of the movie adaptations that were shot in Dyea.

McCabe College

The McCabe College, located on 7th Avenue, was the first school in Alaska to offer a college preparatory classes.

 

Frank Reid

The surveying equipment used to layout Skagway’s grid-like pattern was won in a poker game by Frank Reid.

Lynn Canal

The Lynn Canal is the deepest and longest fjord in North America.