Skagway

White Pass Scenic Railway








The real story of White Pass is the incredible hardships of the gold seekers of 1896-1897 who chose to travel to the newest gold rush via Skagway. To satisfy a rather reasonable Canadian policy, each miner had to bring in 2000 pounds of supplies - this to try to assure survival in the gold fields. The trail up White Pass was a narrow and unsure trail - again and again horses slid off the trail and ended up dead in the gulch below - horse skulls and bones can still be seen there. Or a man could try to carry all his provisions up the 20 mile, 3000 foot pass 200 pounds at a time: 10 round trips. First an enterprising soul established a "toll road" - an improved path at least. Then the railroad was built in the third year of the gold rush activity and provided a safe passage, but guess what? The gold fields were played out by then. The railroad survived by servicing the logging camps and the few hard rock mines that struggled for profit, before finally closing down, to reopen primarily as a tourist train.

Go on to Skagway - Afternoon tea

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