I caught a glimpse of the heritage of the Natives of Southeast Alaska, when visiting. The Sealaska Heritage Center is a small museum in Juneau that features the history and art of the Tlingit Haida people. The Sealaska motto is “Heritage Forward - We honor our ancestors and pave the way for the future by making heritage a living thing.” *
Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage
Skagway means beautiful woman derived from the early inhabitants Tlingit language.
She was also once a gold digger and became a boom town during the late 1800’s gold rush.
Most of the buildings have been preserved and today it’s designated as a historic site while serving the tourist trade. The town of about 1,000 people doubles when a cruise ship arrives in the harbor.
The two buildings on each end are reported as being haunted. The Red Onion Saloon built in 1898 is now listed as a National Historic Building but was once Skagway’s most exclusive bordello.
My lodging was at the Historic Skagway Inn which was also a brothel during the gold rush days but is now a charming little Bed & Breakfast. I stayed in the lovely Hattie’s room. Pictured below.