During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98, thousands of gold seekers rushed up through the inside passage to Skagway by ship. After arriving in town, most made their way along either the White Pass Trail or the Chilkoot Trail, the start of which was in the nearby town of Dyea. Later, the completion of the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway in 1900 enabled travelers to journey into the interior of the Yukon by simply boarding a train in Skagway.
The National Park Service obtained this structure, along with the other buildings in the Mascot complex of buildings, in 1976. The National Park Service restored the Mascot block buildings from 1986-1990.
Skagway has served as an important transportation hub for decades. The Pacific Clipper Line Office was an important link in Skagway's early travel network. It was one of several businesses which enabled people and supplies to achieve destinations never before reached. This, in turn, opened the Yukon and Alaska to more settlement and an increase in population. Skagway continues to thrive today as a link between Alaska and the Yukon Territory, though now the Klondike Highway makes travel easier.
Historic Building Leasing Program
The Pacific Clipper Line Office and Hern Liquor Store are two of over a dozen historic buildings owned by Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. These buildings are leased to private businesses under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Annual lease payments help offset the costs of maintaining these and other historic buildings in the park. The compatible commercial use of this structure continues Skagway's long tradition as a bustling center of business activity.
Other building histories like this one are available at various National Park Service-owned buildings around Skagway or at the National Park Service Visitor Center at 2nd and Broadway.
Last updated: September 25, 2019