Welcome to Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon,Alaska
A Proud Part of the Genealogy Trails
Welcome to the Genealogy Trails website for the census area (and soon to be Skagway Borough) of Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon
Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and
placing it online for the free use of all researchers. This is a continuation of our original Illinois Trails History and Genealogy Project
and we are excited about this opportunity to expand into other states.
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On June 5, 2007 voters in Skagway approved dissolution of the City of Skagway and incorporation of a first class
borough in the State of Alaska. The Municipality of Skagway will be transitioning from city to borough status over
the next 2 years.
Location and Climate
Skagway is located 90 miles northeast of Juneau at the northernmost end of Lynn Canal, at the head of Taiya Inlet.
It lies 108 road miles south of Whitehorse, just west of the Canadian border at British Columbia.It lies at approximately
59.458330° North Latitude and -135.313890° West Longitude (Sec. 11, T028S, R059E, Copper River Meridian).
The area encompasses 452.4 sq. miles of land and 11.9 sq. miles of water. Skagway experiences a maritime climate
with cool summers and mild winters. Average summer temperatures range from 45 to 67; winter temperatures average
18 to 37. Within the shadow of the mountains, Skagway receives less rain than is typical of Southeast Alaska, averaging
26 inches of precipitation per year, and 39 inches of snow.
History, Culture and Demographics
A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Skaqua Traditional Council. The population of the
community consists of 5.1% Alaska Native or part Native. Skagway is predominantly a tourist community, with historical
Tlingit influences. Downtown buildings have been colorfully restored to reflect the history of the gold rush through
the Chilkoot Pass.
Cities and towns
Angoon ~ Cube Cove ~ Elfin Cove ~ Game Creek ~ Gustavus ~ Hobart Bay
Hoonah ~ Klukwan ~ Pelican ~ Skagway ~ Tenakee Springs
~ Whitestone Logging Camp ~
Economy and Transportation
The tourist industry flourishes in Skagway, as a port of call for cruise ships and a transfer site for rail and
interior bus tours. Approximately 1 million cruise ship passengers, RV traffic, and numerous State ferry travelers
visit Skagway each year. The Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park and White Pass and Yukon Railroad are major attractions.
An Economic Impact Study conducted by the City of Skagway in 1999 found that 51% of the owners of visitor-related
businesses are not year-round residents. Trans-shipment of leadzinc ore, fuel and freight occurs via the Port and
Klondike Hwy. to and from Canada. Four residents hold commercial fishing permits.
The Klondike Highway and Alaska Highway provide a connection through British Columbia and the Yukon Territory,
Canada, to the lower 48 states or north to Interior Alaska. Skagway is accessed by air, road, water, and rail services.
Freight arrives by barge, ferry and truck.
Adjacent boroughs and census areas
Yakutat City and Borough, Alaska
Haines Borough, Alaska
Juneau City and Borough, Alaska
Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area, Alaska - south
Sitka City and Borough, Alaska
Also shares eastern border with British Columbia, Canada.
Stikine Region, British Columbia - east
Kitimat-Stikine Regional District, British Columbia - southeast
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