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Skagway

During the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush, prospectors landed by steamship at Skagway or Dyea. From Skagway, "stampeders" had to transport a year's worth of supplies over White Pass.

Visitor Center & Klondike National Historical Museum (2nd and Broadway) - For an introduction to the Klondike gold rush, start with the half hour movie. Check out the full size diorama of a prospector with a year's worth of supplies (e.g. 150 lbs bacon, 400 lbs. flour, 125 lbs. beans, shovels, picks, gold pans, granite buckets, large tent), the wooden dog sled, and scale model of the mountain passes. Pick up the booklet for the Junior Ranger program in town. The Visitor Center is open May to September.
Moore Homestead - Before the Klondike Gold Rush, Captain William Moore and his son Ben homesteaded here, and built a wharf and sawmill. Look into into the wooden log cabin they built in 1887.
Ben Moore, married a Tlingit woman and had three children; the family lived in the large blue wooden house, which you can visit today. Each room of the house is chock full of Victorian furniture and decorations, as well as Tlingit artifacts such as furs and slippers. A visit to the homestead is free.
Mollie Walsh Park (6th Ave., east of Broadway) - A block north from the Moore Homestead is a small park with picnic tables, restrooms, and a playground with swings and climbing structures.
Gold Rush Cemetery and Reid Falls - The Gold Rush Cemetery was our favorite spot in Skagway.  Both Soapy Smith (Jefferson R. Smith) and Frank Reid are buried here, as well as other people, most of whom died in 1898 and 1899 at the height of the gold rush.
After you've inspected all the names on the wooden tombstones, take a short walk through the woods to Reid Falls, a lovely waterfall cascading down into a rocky creek.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad - Take a day trip on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. When you pass by Dead Horse Gulch, kids can see remains of the trail followed by the gold prospectors going to the Klondike. There's also stop at Lake Bennett, where the prospectors assembled their boats to ride down the Yukon River to Dawson City. Click here for the schedules.
Choose from two different excursions:
The first is a 3 hour ride. The train goes to White Pass, then turns around (before the Canadian border) and chugs back to Skagway.
"Yukon Adventure" is an all day excursion that goes from Skagway over White Pass to Lake Bennett in British Columbia, and then on to Carcross, returning to Skagway via bus. This excursion requires passports, as you cross the Canadian border.
In Carcross, kids will want to stop into the Matthew Watson General Store for an ice cream - 24 different flavors.
Tip: If you have a car, Skagway is the starting point of the Klondike Highway. The highway follows the trail of the prospectors to Whitehose, and on to the final destination, Dawson City.
Driving on the Klondike Highway through White Pass from Skagway to Whitehorse only takes a few hours, but the landscape can't fail to impress. Even in summer, there's snow on the mountains and temperatures of 45 degrees. Kids can easily imagine the hardships the prospectors endured to carry a ton of supplies through mountains that are inhospitable in any season.

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