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Skagway Historic District And White Pass

Skagway, Alaska
County of Skagway-Yakutat-Angoon.
Skagway and vicinity
National Register Number: 66000943
Resource type: District.
Property type: Historic District: Historical. The threat level was Watch in
2006.
Congressional District: AK-at-Large Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Part of Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 13, 1962):
An Alaskan frontier mining town, situated on a prime route to the Upper Yukon Valley and Klondike gold-bearing regions. Almost 100 structures remain from the gold rush era. White Pass Trail, to Skagway's northeast, is about 19 miles long and reaches the maximum elevation of nearly 3,000 feet at the crest of the pass, where it crosses the international boundary into Canada.

Condition:
The Skagway historic district is still under threat due to continued and increasing development. The archeological component is being destroyed by the continued construction of new buildings. The new two to three storey commercial buildings impact the mix of the historic one and two storey buildings. Inappropriate alterations continue to occur, especially to the historic residences. Several historic buildings have recently been demolished or are threatened. Artifacts and features in the White Pass Unit continue to be affected by natural decay.

The park is in the last stages of negotiation to acquire four gold rush era properties, and one WWII property in cooperation with the City of Skagway and Alaska Natural History Association. The park has also completed a Value Analysis exercise for two historic buildings,the Ice House and the Kenny Toll Bridge Cabin in order to determine their final disposition. Both buildings were donated to the park.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The park is slated to receive funds to conduct an archeological inventory of the White Pass unit of the park beginning in 2010. The local preservation commission and the city have agreed to start discussing the establishment of Skagway as a Certified Local Government.


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