Lisa Morris - My Happiest Place

Author: Lisa Morris
Theme: My Happiest Place

Mayhap the sweetest spot in Skagway for me: A decade before the Klondike Gold Rush, William Moore and his son, J. Bernard (Ben) Moore, settled in what the local Tlingit natives called “Shghagwei,” which means rugged or windy place. To make money on this pending gold rush, the Moores industriously began homesteading 160 acres. In 1897, Ben and his wife, Minnie Elizabeth Moore (from a prestigious Tlingit family), built a one-and-a-half story wood frame house directly in front of their original log cabin. The growth of the house and the family symbolically mirrored the growth of Skagway. To my mind, a historical site not to be missed on our rich tour of the town.