August 5, 2009

We drove the Dyea Road to the old town site of Dyea, which was the start of the Chilkoot Trail. We stopped at a scenic overlook of Skagway’s Harbor. Today there are 5 cruise ships docked but you can only see 4 in this picture.

We visited the Slide Cemetery where 40 gold rush stampeders killed in an avalanche on the Chilkoot Trail are buried.

We toured the townsite of Dyea which had around 8,000 residents during the gold rush. This is the only standing structure that remains.

We also hiked on the Chilkoot Trail for a short distance (we didn’t think we could make the full 33 miles in an afternoon). The trail was really steep and very rocky. We don’t know how the stampeders walked it carrying the one ton of goods they were required to take to the Klondike. The hour we spent on the trail wore us all out – even Cody.

On the way back to Skagway we stopped at the Gold Rush Cemetery where Soapy Smith and Frank Reid are buried. They killed each other in a shootout in 1898.

Behind the cemetery are Reid Falls, named after the town hero, Frank Reid, who shot Soapy Smith.


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