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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Seattle)

The Pioneer Square area in Seattle was a major departure and supply point for the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.


Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Skagway)

The "Stampede" of 1898, as the Klondike Gold rush is known, centered on the port of Skagway at the foot of White Pass. The stampede these days comes from cruise ships, which deposit thousands of people a day into what is really quite a small town.

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Four cruise ships tied up for the day at Skagway

Taiya Inlet of Lynn Canal, Alaska

August 26, 2010
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The Port of Skagway

Almost the entire town of Skagway consists of historical buildings, mostly from the days of prosperity after construction of the railroad and during operation of the gold dredges in Dawson.

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The Arctic Brotherhood Hall, pieced together from driftwood, Broadway in Skagway

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, Alaska

August 26, 2010
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Skagway

In contrast to bustling Skagway, the once-rival town of Dyea at the base of Chilkoot Pass consists only of ruins, and even those will soon be gone.

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Site of two warehouses in Dyea, relics of the Stampede of 1898, now reduced to rotten boards in the forest

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, west of Skagway, Alaska

August 26, 2010
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Dyea and Chilkoot Pass

Sitka National Historical Park

Some reach Sitka on the Alaskan State Ferry, others come by air, but most arrive on cruise ships.

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A rainy morning in Sitka, viewed from the Sky Deck of MS Ryndam

Sitka Sound, Alaska

July 27, 2000
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Sitka's Waterfront

The old town of Sitka was built before Russia sold Alaska to the United States. The Russians built this blockhouse for defense against the Tlingit Indians. The Russian Orthdox Cathedral and the Bishop's House also survive from that period.

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This rebuilt Russian blockhouse was defense against the Tlingits

Sitka, Alaska

July 27, 2000
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Central Sitka and Old Sitka State Historic Park

The park visitor center is a short walk from downtown, through the forest along the shore.

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Totem poles line the forested shoreline at Sitka National Historical Park

east of Sitka, Alaska

July 27, 2000
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Sitka National Historical Park

Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve - Copper River

For motorists entering Alaska on the Alaska Highway the Tok Cutoff offers the most direct route to Anchorage. This road offers distant views to the south of the glaciated paeks of the Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

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The Copper River, Mount Sanford and Mount Drum in the Wrangell Range, from the Tok Cutoff near Slana

from the Tok Cutoff near Slana, Alaska

September 14, 2010
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The Tok Cutoff

The southwestern Tok Cutoff follows the Copper River. If the weather is favorable there is a view south and east to the vast complex of mountains in the center of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Four contiguous parks and preserves here (Wrangell-St Alias, Kluane, Tatshenshini, and Glacier Bay) constitute the largest wilderness park area in the world.

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View over the Copper River to Mount Drum and Mount Sanford in the Wrangell Range, from the Tok Cutoff near Gakona Junction

from the Tok Cutoff near Gakona Junction, Alaska

September 13, 2010
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The Tok Cutoff

The Wrangell-St Elias visitor center is at Copper Center on the west side of the park. All that most visitors see of the park is the view from here of vast forests and distant peaks.

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The Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park Visitor Center near Copper Center

near Copper Center, Alaska

September 13, 2010
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Wrangell-St Elias National Park - McCarthy Road

To really experience this park one should drive the McCarthy Road, which penetrates to the center of the park, following the route of the defunct Copper River Railway.

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Morning Fog on the Chitina River along the McCarthy Road

McCarthy Road east of Chitina, Alaska

September 12, 2010
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Chitina

The McCarthy road runs through near wilderness, just a few clusters of cabins spaced far apart. It is gravel and has one rather daunting bridge, but poses no real problem for sturdy vehicles.

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Muskeg, boggy meadows, and a view of the Crystaline Hills and Wrangell Mountains from the McCarthy Road

Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park, Alaska

September 12, 2010
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The McCarthy Road

This pedestrian bridge (and the privately-owned bridge seen just downstream) replace a hand-powered cable car across the rushing Kennicott River. The historic town of McCarthy on the far side offers food, lodging, and tours. A bus shuttle connects to the town of Kennicott and the old copper mill.

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The new footbridge over the Kennicott River at the end of the McCarthy Road

McCarthy, Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park, Alaska

September 12, 2010
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McCarthy

The company town of Kennicott served the Kennecott Copper mines and mill, in its day this was the world's leading source of this strategic metal.

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Main street causeway between the company town and the mill at Kennicott

Kennicott, Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park, Alaska

September 12, 2010
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Tours of the copper mill start at the top of the building, built against the steep hillside, and progress down ladders and ramps through five stories of ore processing.

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The mill tour at Kennicott starts at the top with a great view

Kennicott, Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park, Alaska

September 12, 2010
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The Kennecott Mine Copper Mill

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