From “Along the Yukon Trail,” National Geographic, September, 1953.

Visions of Easy Riches Brought Thousands to the Forbidding North

Men of every type from every part of the world fought for space on ships. Some came up the Yukon to Dawson from the Bering Sea; many challenged the rugged passes above Dyea and Skagway, seeking to float downriver.

Photo by Amos Burg.

From “Along the Yukon Trail,” National Geographic, September, 1953.

A Skagway Bust Commemorates a Heroine of the Gold Trail

Few women braved the Far North’s rigors during the stampede of the ‘90’s. One who did was Mollie Walsh, who kept a grub tent on White Pass Trail. A former sweetheart erected this monument years after she was murdered.

The inscription on the bust reads:

Alone without help this courageous girl ran a grub tent near Log Cabin during the Gold Rush of 1897, 1898. She fed and lodged the wildest gold crazed men. Generations shall surely know this inspiring spirit murdered Oct 27 1902.