Frank La Roche, Skagway’s first professional photographer

We’re fortunate that photographers were active in this area during and after the Klondike Gold Rush.

 

Salmonberry vinaigrette and cranberry ketchup: Here’s how to infuse traditional Alaska Native foods into your holiday dinner

With the holiday season coming up, we wanted to remind you of the local foods and recipes you can add into your holiday meals.

 

Reality TV before TV

A story about a book of letters.

This is the only known photograph we have of the interior of Skagway’s First City Hall during its time period as the town’s city hall. George A. Brackett with his long beard is seated on the immediate right. Brackett was the builder of the Brackett Wagon Road that ran from Skagway to White Pass City. Based on the presence of Brackett, it is possible that this picture represents the start or finish of negotiations between Brackett and the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad over the purchase of the Brackett Wagon Road by the railroad. (National Park Service, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Brackett Family Collection, BFC/CBD 156; KLGO PB-38-6237)
This is the only known photograph we have of the interior of Skagway’s First City Hall during its time period as the town’s city hall. George A. Brackett with his long beard is seated on the immediate right. Brackett was the builder of the Brackett Wagon Road that ran from Skagway to White Pass City. Based on the presence of Brackett, it is possible that this picture represents the start or finish of negotiations between Brackett and the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad over the purchase of the Brackett Wagon Road by the railroad. (National Park Service, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Brackett Family Collection, BFC/CBD 156; KLGO PB-38-6237)

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Mendenhall Glacier will see a few less visitors now that tourist season is over. (Vivian Mork Yéilk’ | For The Capital City Weekly)

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TRAYLS crew and Ha Too Yeiti camp members watch as Ralph Wolfe of Yakutat shows how to process sockeye fillets. (Courtesy Photo | Ian Johnson)

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A stranger helping out a single mom on the ferry. Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly

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