Skagway

Skagway is a city in Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska, on the Alaska Panhandle. This city is part of the setting for Jack London's book The Call of the Wild. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city was 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 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. Although the city borders only the Haines Borough and British Columbia, it remains a part of the Unorganized Borough of Alaska. It is in fact an exclave of its own Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area.

5 °C


Rain, light rain (0.13 mm last hour)


Wind4.12 m/s
Cloudiness75 %
Temperature (min/max)5/5 °C
Pressure1016 hpa
Humidity70 %
Last update: 20 May 2024 @ 18:09

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