Arriving in May of 1899, the men of Company L, 24th Infantry, United States Army served their country from northern Lynn Canal. These Buffalo Soldiers fought a war on two fronts: protecting the community of Skagway while facing discrimination from the same people they served. Helping to tell their story is an ongoing project at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
Buffalo Soldiers of Company L
Learn about the three years Company L, a unit of Black soldiers, spent serving their country in Southeast Alaska.
The Y.M.C.A Controversy
When members of Company L tried to join Alaska's first Y.M.C.A. in 1900, a town conflict arose.
The Flood of 1901
In October 1901 the Skagway river rose quickly and threatened the town. Learn how Company L responded to the disaster.
What Company L Left Behind
Objects discovered during archeological excavation hint at Company L's time in Skagway.
Soldiers Stationed in Skagway
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Last updated: July 22, 2023