Company L, 24th Infantry in Skagway

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.

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The Buffalo Soldiers of Company L helped secure the US-Canada border and tame the lawless frontier.

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Buffalo Soldiers of Company L

Learn about the three years Company L, a unit of Black soldiers, spent serving their country in Southeast Alaska.

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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.

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The Flood of 1901

In October 1901 the Skagway river rose quickly and threatened the town. Learn how Company L responded to the disaster.

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What Company L Left Behind

Objects discovered during archeological excavation hint at Company L's time in Skagway.

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Baseball in Skagway

Learn about the rise of "America's pastime" in Skagway and its role in Company L's experience in town.

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Early days of Skagway Football

The soldiers of Company L made up Skagway's first football team.


Soldiers Stationed in Skagway

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    Last updated: July 22, 2023

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