Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

My last post was all about our exploration of the fascinating frontier town of Skagway on our South Eastern Alaskan travels. I hadn’t realised I had a whole bunch of additional photos hiding in my computer archives so decided to include them this week as a postcript to Skagway – Klondike Gold Rush Tales From The Past! Part 1.

More detailed information is included in the link to my last post I’ve attached above.

We wandered round quaint buildings from frontier days that looked so pretty in the afternoon sun but must house plenty of lurid and colourful tales from Gold Rush times!

We passed on the brothel tour of the Red Onion Saloon but it sounds like it is pretty popular! Nowadays the one time bordello built in 1897 is a saloon, restaurant and brothel museum.



We stopped by the Visitor Centre (part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Park), which from memory had free entry. It provided an excellent insight into the town’s history and development in Gold Rush days and the characters and personalities who helped to shape the town’s heritage.



We also found out about the traditional Tlingit names for places in the Skagway area.


The return run of the White Pass Summit Excursion Train was just drawing into the little station as we made our way back to the boat.


We had headed up the White Pass ourselves earlier in the day but on a local tour by bus. We went up into the wild landscape of Klondike Gold Rush country, which took us back across the border into British Columbia, Canada and briefly into the Yukon itself. I’ve deferred that to next week’s post as I wanted to share the additional photos of Skagway that I unearthed this week!

Here, however, is a sneak preview of one of the locals we encountered en route!




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12 thoughts on “Skagway – Klondike Gold Rush Tales From The Past! Part 2

  1. margaret21 says:

    Goodness, it’s quite another world, which they seem to give quite a good insight into. You’ve had some great adventures!

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    1. It’s certainly a really interesting place – must have totally wild back in the Gold Rush days! So lucky we visited when we did before travels became so restricted!

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  2. I really like the look of Molly! I bet she was fun.

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    1. Quite a character from the look of her – you’d have to have guts and personality plus to cope in that environment! Love the fact she was an amateur photographer too πŸ˜ƒ

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  3. restlessjo says:

    A lovely backdrop, Rosemay πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Some of those characters look very determined.

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    1. The setting is lovely Jo with the mountains and the charming buildings πŸ˜ƒ Definitely some strong willed and determined characters back in the day – must have been a real melting pot of folk all trying to make their fortunes and survive in that harsh environment!

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  4. Gilda Baxter says:

    Rosemary, this town sounds like a very interesting place. Did you have enough time there to explore?

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    1. To be quite honest Gilda I wish we’d had an extra day in Skagway. We had to rush round the town a bit as we had done the dog mushing trip earlier in the day so only had a couple of hours to explore the town. The history is fascinating! Still wouldn’t have missed the dog sledding and a chance to see the beautiful scenery in such a remote area πŸ™‚

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  5. vinneve says:

    The buildings are similar to the goldmine place Arrowtown in Queenstown NZ. I like to visit places like that seeing the old houses and building it makes me feel I was in that era.

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    1. Yes I love old historical places too – it must have been an incredible era though a harsh and rough life. We went to Arrowtown a few years ago and yes the buildings are similar. I really enjoyed wandering round Arrowtown – we were staying in Queenstown and visited from there πŸ™‚

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