Skagway Chamber of Commerce
On June 28, 1900, Skagway
became the first incorporated first-class city in Alaska,
and on June 25, 2007, the city was dissolved and the
first-class Municipality of Skagway Borough was formed, also
the first of its kind in Alaska. Skagway is historically
considered the gateway to the Gold Rush of 1898.
Skagway is located at the northernmost point of the Inside
Passage in Southeast Alaska--80 air miles north of Juneau
and 110 road miles south of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory,
Canada. Skagway lies at approximately 59d 27m N
Latitude, and 135d 18m W Longitude, and is located in the
Skagway Recording District. The entire area
encompasses 452.4 square miles of land and 11.9 square miles
The municipality's population is 920 (2016 census
estimate), however, the summer population almost doubles.
A portion of the downtown area has been designated as the
Skagway unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and
over 1,000,000 visitors are expected during the summer season.
Skagway is the point of embarkation for the famous Chilkoot and
White Pass Trails. Skagway has 5 churches, 1 library, and 1
financial institution. There are approximately 240 hotel/motel
rooms in 8 facilities, ranging from modern to historic, including 3
bed & breakfasts and 1 cabin-style lodge. Some of these businesses
are open year-round. Parking is available during the summer for
over 250 recreational vehicles, in addition to numerous tent camping
Today, tourism is Skagway's main economic base. Within
Skagway's downtown historical district, false-fronted buildings and
boardwalks dating from gold rush time line the streets and Klondike
Gold Rush National Historical Park as a major visitor attraction.
The Municipality of Skagway, National Park Service, and local
residents have succeeded in retaining Skagway's 1898 Gold Rush