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Skagway, Alaska

Skagway is a city in Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska, on the Alaska Panhandle. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 862. The port of Skagway is a popular stop for cruise ships, and the tourist trade is a big part of the city's business. The White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad, part of the area's mining past, is now in operation purely for the tourist trade and runs throughout the summer months.

Skagway (originally spelled Skaguay) is from the Tlingit name for the area, "Skagua." The name has several meanings, "the place where the north wind blows," "stiffly wind-rippled water," etc.


Skagway is located at 5928'7?N, 13518'21?W (59.468519, -135.305962)GR1.

Skagway is located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, the north end of the Lynn Canal, which is the most northern fjord on the Inside Passage on the south coast of Alaska. It is in the Alaska panhandle 90 miles northwest of Juneau, Alaska's capital city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1,202.7 km sq (464.4 mi sq). 1,171.8 km sq (452.4 mi sq) of it is land and 30.8 km sq (11.9 mi sq) of it (2.56%) is water.


Skagway is unique among Southeast Alaskan communities in that it is connected to the road system via the Klondike Highway, completed in 1978. This allows access to the lower 48, Whitehorse, the Yukon, northern British Columbia, and the Alaska Highway. This also makes Skagway an important port-of-call for the Alaska Marine Highway Alaska's ferry system and serves as the northern terminus of the important and heavily-used Lynn Canal corridor.

The Skagway Airport receives service from three bush carriers: Wings of Alaska, L.A.B. Flying Service, and Skagway Air Service, the latter of which is hubbed out of Skagway.

Skagway is vehemently opposed to the proposed road out of Juneau. Although National Park Service regulations prohibit the road from continuing all the way to Skagway, a majority of residents see the long road and commuter ferries as a boon to their transportation interests, as well as making the trip to Juneau more complicated and dangerous.


Skagway is served by its local bimonthly newspaper the Skagway News as well as regional public radio station KHNS which has its principal studios in nearby Haines, but also has studios and programs based in Skagway.

Skagway also receives copies of the free regional newspaper Capital City Weekly.

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