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In the s, U. Navy and Army patrols establish federal presence in the area. It is later named White Pass for the Canadian Interior minister. In October, Moore returns with his son, Bernard. They lay claim to acres in the valley floor and begin work on a cabin and dock.
They call the place Mooresville. They stake their claim to history. Later that fall, a post office, and the first church Unionand newspaper Skaguay News are established. Canadian Mounties begin to guard the passes, although their government is claiming territory including Skagway, where they briefly establish a post.
Daily Alaskan newspaper appears. Chamber of commerce and volunteer fire department organize.
Unofficial city government forms and allows railroad tracks up Broadway. First school opens in Union Church in June. Criminal element led by Soapy Smith reigns until he is shot and killed by an angry mob led by Frank Reid on July 8, four days after he stood on the podium with Gov.
Army, stationed in Dyea, restores order. Spelling changed to Skagway Looking for a med Skagway blow post office, and most businesses reluctantly follow. Townspeople are called Skagwayans. Building boom continues with construction of prominent city structures like Arctic Brotherhood Hall, and McCabe College, which is built on land donated by Capt. He builds his own showplace home nearby. Some buildings are shipped over from declining Dyea.
School moves into new building on 11th. But the city becomes fire-weary after seven downtown buildings are destroyed in May, and a forest fire destroys Army post near Dyea. The troops, most of them black Spanish American War vets, move to Skagway. On June 28, Skagway becomes the first incorporated city in Alaska on a vote of eligible property owners, It beats Juneau by a day.
Railway also builds a hospital. Clark farm established across river.
Charley Walker sends vegetable display to Portland Exhibition. Moore townsite claim settled, Moores get 60 of original acres and compensation. Herman Kirmse organizes first garden show in On Sept. The man is never identified. Dentist L. Keller ends up with skull. Troops begin work on Fort Seward near Haines, where they will be transferred permanently in Skagway News closes inleaving only the Daily Alaskan. Bobby Sheldon, 22, builds first automobile in Alaska for Fourth of July parade.
In December, a meeting is held in Skagway about building a road from here to eventually connect with the Valdez road. The family later will take over E. Martin Itjen operates first Skagway Hack, doubling as a taxi and coal delivery truck. His business will evolve into the popular Skaguay Street Car Co. Keller, who has taken over the fledgling Alaskan.
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Harding visits Skagway on Navy ship on July 11, He delivers an address at the Pullen House and is the final inductee into the Arctic Brotherhood. George Rapuzzi, a member of the Alpine Club, climbs the mountain opposite Skagway and flashes presidential party with Looking for a med Skagway blow from the summit.
Peak hereafter is named Mt. Harding for the president who would die shortly after his return from Alaska. Daily Alaskan shuts down after the death of publisher Keller.
As a fund-raiser for the hockey club, townspeople hold a variety show for tourists at the White Pass Athletic Club. Edgar Gallant, who will operate the school for Native children from all over Alaska for almost 30 years. A proposal to include it as part of Glacier Bay National Monument is pigeon-holed.
Prohibition repealed. Town hosts first convention as Newspaper Institute of America delegates arrive on ship. It opens in behind the old one at State and 11th. Army troops, who take over the railroad for a major supply route to build the Alcan Highway. As many as 20 trains a day climb the pass. Over the next three years as many as 3, troops are stationed here. Vacant lots sprout rounded Quonset huts and H buildings. A pipeline is constructed along railway for fuel shipments. Army takes over fire department and promises hour service, however major fires devastate ornate Elks lodge and the Pullen House.
Army has better luck assisting community when the Skagway River crests its banks twice and floods portions of the city. Health Service opens a patient tuberculosis sanitarium in the army hospital across the river.
Nurses come from Sisters of St. Ann in Victoria, B. It closes in Tracks are removed from Broadway in A fire almost destroys the Mission School. Dyea Road constructed by Alaska Road Commission. Tourism pioneers Itjen and Pullen pass on. Rogers first container ship in the world for the journey to Skagway, then onto trains bound for its destination in Whitehorse. Juneau Empire starts weekly Skagway Alaskan newspaper.
Townspeople are called Skagwayites. Workers strike railroad for 12 days and get cent pay increase. Company starts looking at Taku alternative and Stewart, B. Newspaper promotes road to Carcross. Yukon later builds its own dam. North end of dock collapses under weight of 30 tons of lead and zinc concentrate.
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