ALASKAN CRUISE 2016 PART 2 – KLONDIKE SUMMIT, SKAGWAY, JUNEAU!
Part 1 is here! In this second part, photos from the first port town, Skagway, and part of the day in Alaska’s capital, Juneau!
Skagway has about 1,000 people living there. Our mountain bus driver mentioned that they have one school that is a combo elementary-middle-high school and last year’s 2 graduating seniors were a couple (lucky for them). Not sure how 100% true this is, but he also mentioned in some grades there are only one or two students!
Six blocks make up the historic downtown Skagway area, so all the buildings have been restored or preserved to look like the late 1890s. There are even little museums you can walk into, and placards around the town.
Pre-1896, this area was/is home to the Tlingit people…in 1896, the Klondike gold rush happened. People were flocking to this area to find gold, stake their claim, etc. Our tour guide up the mountain explained that these passes were rigorous, exhausting, and because of bad Alaska weather, it took way longer for people to arrive. That meant a lot of gold was already found, claims were staked, etc. before a lot of folks could even get anything after their long journeys. And because Skagway was basically a lawless town, it was full of brothels and swindlers…ripe for storytelling to tourists today ahah.
This little piece of land was my favorite part of town. This is a tiny cabin that was built in Skagway 10 years before the gold rush happened. The dudes who built it were a father and son. There were prospectors working in Alaska and the Yukon, and the father accurately predicted there would be a major gold strike and saw that this area would be a gateway to interior Alaskan gold fields. In those 10 years, they built a wharf and a sawmill and built a homestead. This cabin is the oldest preserved structure in Skagway.
Ben Moore, the son of the father-son Moore duo, married Klinget-sai-yet…this was still 6 years before the gold rush. She was from a prestigious Tlingit family, and their marriage was more a sign of alliance and friendship with the Tlingit in the area. Apparently daddy Moore didn’t approve tho 😦
A look into the cabin. More info on the family if you’re interested!
Skagway Museum and Archives! I’m a bad museum person, I didn’t want to go in, just wanted to explore more Skagway.
Formerly a brothel, now a brothel “museum”. The museum part was closed, just the restaurant downstairs was open where all the waitresses have to dress like prostitutes. Not the last place in Alaska we saw that commercialized a whorehouse into a shitty dining experience but like WHATEVER. You can read about the Red Onion on their website here.
Looking back at these pics just makes me think of Westworld and then I get sad.
Most important event the cruise had to offer – meeting PUPPIES that are in training for the Iditarod. It’s good for them to be socialized early, so the folks who raise them like people to pet them and play with them.
These are puppy Alaskan huskies! They are a blend of many Northern breeds that originated from Alaska Native villages. They are the choice dog for sled dog racing, they have thicker fur than a Siberian husky. Siberian huskies are bred for appearance and Alaskan huskies are bred for their working skillz.
The devil’s club…careful if you see these plants! They will burn.
Gonna leave the post here! The next one will be the last of the DSLR photos – the rest of Juneau and then the last port Ketchikan!
Hope you’re enjoying so far!
Much love friends.