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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
In Skagway and in Seattle, WA
The park has two units: one in Skagway, Alaska, and the other in Seattle, Washington. The Skagway unit includes 15 buildings in Skagway, plus the Chilkoot and White Pass trails. Miners used the trails in 1897 and 1898 to reach the rich Yukon gold fields. Hikers can retrace the miners' footsteps on the Chilkoot Trail. The White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, constructed between 1898 and 1900, runs a train through the pass to Fraser, British Columbia, each summer. News of the gold strike in Canada's Yukon Territory spread from Seattle across the country, and most prospectors left for the northern gold fields from Seattle. Today, the Seattle unit has a visitor center in the Pioneer Square Historic District, the center of gold rush activity. The park was established on June 30, 1976.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
In Skagway: Attending slide programs, fishing, hiking (backcountry permit required, see below), touring the historic districts and museums. In Seattle: Touring Pioneer Sq., watching movie and slide show and gold-panning demonstration. Facilities: In Skagway: visitor center (2nd Ave. and Broadway), hiker information center (Trail Center across from visitor center), exhibit area in the Railroad Bldg. (2nd Ave.), Mascot Saloon (Broadway and 4th Ave.), Moore House (5th Ave. and Spring St.), interpretive displays (town of Dyea), wayside exhibits (Alaska Marine Hwy. Ferry Terminal, Broadway), and Klondike Hwy. In Seattle: visitor center, historic district. Bookstores at both units. Programs & Events: In Skagway: gold rush film (by request); film (May-Sept., hourly), guided walking tours of historic district (May-Sept., twice daily), ranger-led tours of Dyea (June-Aug.), tours of Moore House (May-Sept.), reading of poetry by Robert Service (June-Aug., Mon. and Tues. evenings); presentations and special events subject to staffing. In Seattle: movie and slide program; Pioneer Sq. walking tour and gold-panning demonstration (summer). Tips & Hints: In Skagway: Tours and buses pick up and drop off hikers at both ends of Chilkoot Trail. Go May and June for best weather, mid-July for blooms, Aug. for salmon run. In Seattle: Allow 2 hours for exhibits, movies, and gold-panning demonstration in summer. Busiest June and July, least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: In the park: Dyea Campground (10 mi north of Skagway, tel. 907/983-9234; 22 sites; pit toilets). ? Hotels: None in park. In Skagway: Golden Rush Lodge (607 Alaska St., tel. 907/983-2831; 12 rooms; $105-$ 115). X Restaurants: None in park: In Skagway: Skagway Fish Co. (on the waterfront, tel. 907/983-3474; $7-$36). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Skagway: Skagway Hardware (400 Broadway, tel. 907/983-2233), Mountain Shop (355 4th St., tel. 907/ 983-2544).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Skagway: free. Moore House tour fee: $2 adults, $1 ages 15 and under and 62 and over. Backcountry permits required to hike the Chilkoot Trail (free on U.S. side, available from Trail Center, June-Aug.; call 800/661-0486 for Canadian-side fees and permits). Alaska state fishing license required. No hunting on Chilkoot Trail. No motorized or mechanized equipment on trail. No pets on trails. Visitor center open May-Sept., daily 8-6; June-Aug., daily 8-8. Trail Center open daily 7:30-4:30. Moore House open May-Sept., daily 10-noon, 1-5. Mascot Saloon exhibit open May-Sept., daily 9-5. Seattle: free. Visitor center open daily 9-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
Skagway: 80 mi north of Juneau by air or water and 110 mi south of Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada), by road. Closest airport: Skagway. Seattle: From 1-5 or 1-90, exit on 4th Ave., make a left on Main St. to 117 S. Main St. Closest airport: SeaTac.
Skagway: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Box 517, Skagway, AK 99840, tel. 907/983-2921, fax 907/983-9249). Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau (Box 415, Skagway, AK 99840, tel. 907/983-2854, fax 907/983-3854). Seattle: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (117 S. Main St., Seattle, WA 98104, tel. 206/553-7220, fax 206/553-0614).
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