A City is Born
Skagway’s population has always been nonstandard. This was not a city carefully planned out and executed, this was a city born out of necessity. Thousands of people flocked to this tiny port in Southeast Alaska. They brought with them their hopes in making the almost 600 mile journey north to the interior and to the gold fields. In less than five years Skagway hosted people from all over the United States and the world. People from all walks of life flocked towards Skagway and the promise of easily earned money. Some started businesses, some came looking for work, and others for gold. Most people arriving here came to earn a living, but the town was struggling to turn their melting pot of people into a community.