The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

Downtown Skagway

More of Skagway

City Tour bus.

The Red Union Brothel

Official Visitors center...house made of sticks

Skagway

Only one cruise ship today. We were told that is rare.

Cruise ship port.

Road to town of Dyea.... old mining town no longer there.

Taiya Inlet

Taiya Inlet. It once was a port with docks for the mining...

One lane wooden bridge.....memories of childhood.

Skagway River

Skagway River with mountain backdrop.

Young forest..less than 100 yrs old. Beautiful spruces.

Spruce branch up close.

Remains of 1898 warehouse. One of the largest building in the town...

The warehouse is circled. Check out the town. During the rush is...

Meadow where the town once stood.

Can you imagine a stroll through this part of the forest. It...

This explains the next picture.

False Front....then and now.

Cementery for miners killed in an avalanche. Palm Sunday 1898.

Headstone

Headstone.

This explains the avalanche.

The cementery.

This cabin was on the creekside. A real backwoods Alasken cabin.

This was parked downtown. You find a trinket and say "let's glue...

Snow blower, 181,000 miles ran for 60 years.

Another view.

You can get to Skagway by train, bus....

ferry or cruise ship..

swimming with the seals.....

by air...(that's the runway ahead)..

or car and RV!


Skagway is very definitely a tourist town. Broadway street is a preserved gold rush historical street. It has false fronted buildings lined by a boardwalk with lots of shopping. Everything a tourist could want. I was surprised at all the jewelry stores.

We did the downtown shopping visit and stopped in The Red Onion for lunch. It was a brothel during the gold rush days. The waitress have the traditional outfits and have a good time flirting and serving everyone. You can tour the upstairs brothel for $5.00.

We drove out to the Dyea Town site which takes you past the Taiya Inlet and the Skagway River. It once had up to 8000 residents during the gold rush-era. The town is mostly gone with some remnants remaining. There is also a cemetery with the graves of men killed in the Palm Sunday avalanche in 1898.

First day here was a beautiful day, we didn't need jackets. It was in the mid 60's with lots of sunshine. The local men were sitting in their yards with their shirts off. Then day two turned out to be windy and cold. High was 60.. feels like 52.

Tomorrow we start our journey back to the states. We will be heading back to the Yukon and probably won't be in the lower 48 till the weekend or later. There is still a lot of scenery to see, as we are told the Cassiar Highway (our route back) is quite beautiful.



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