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A Guide to Skagway, Alaska


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The Gold Rush Cemetery at Skagway, Alaska

by Murray Lundberg


The Gold Rush Cemetery at Skagway, Alaska

    The most famous of the 3 cemeteries in Skagway is the Gold Rush Cemetery, which is located at the north end of town, past the White Pass & Yukon Route railway Shops. Records indicate that the first burial here occurred early in 1898 when the ground thawed. With the exception of one burial and a related scattering of ashes in 1943, the cemetery was not used after 1908, when what is now known as the Pioneer Cemetery was opened. A total of 174 burials in the Gold Rush Cemetery have been recorded, and there are 4 other graves immediately adjacent to the original cemetery - those 4 members of the Itjen and Mulvihill families are included on this page. Records for most of those 178 burials can be read here. The gravesites of 41 of the burials is not known, and it is not known who is buried at 13 of the known gravesites. To further complicate the issue, there are 37 deaths recorded in Skagway during the years the Gold Rush Cemetery was being used, for which no burial information has been found. Those deaths follow the list of known Gold Rush Cemetery burials.

    The Gold Rush Cemetery has been a popular stop on tours of Skagway since the 1920s, when tour operator Martin Itjen began bringing clients, and developed trails, handrails, and signs.

The following list includes all burials - the names with links are the gravesites which have been photographed so far:

  • AASE, Elling (?-1899) - gravesite #086
  • ACHISON, Hazel (1894-1898) - gravesite #087
  • ALLEN, Frederick (1828-1898) - gravesite #081
  • BAGG, Mary Wheeler (1857-1902) a.k.a. Mrs. Matthew B. Clemenger - gravesite #077
  • BAKER, Harley (1894-1898) - gravesite #085
  • BARRING, John (1865-1900) - gravesite #043
  • BAUGHMAN, Infant (1903-1903) - gravesite #009
  • BAUGHMAN, Paul (1899-1904) - gravesite #006
  • BEAN, P. C. (1860-1898) - gravesite not known
  • BECKMAN, John A. (?-1899) - gravesite #054
  • BEEBE, C. D. (?-1899) - gravesite #056
  • BLANCHARD, Alexander Crockett (1880-1943) - gravesite #017
  • BLANCHARD, Francis C. (1905-1907) - gravesite #018
  • BLANCHARD, Olive Annie Springstead (1887-1943) - ashes scattered on the grave of Alex Blanchard
  • BORDMAN, Anna (Mrs. Howard) (1870-1901) - gravesite not known
  • BORDOK, Jack (?-1898) - gravesite #029
  • BOYCE, Clinton (1850-1900) - gravesite #013
  • BRAIGFORD, Infant (1902-1902) - gravesite not known
  • BRARMON, Patrick (1876-1898) - gravesite #093
  • BRIDGES, Samuel (1852-1900) - gravesite #092
  • BRIGGS, Chadwick (1855-1898) - gravesite #030
  • BRIGGS, Thomas E. (1856-1904) - gravesite #014
  • BROEMSER, Otto (1884-1899) - gravesite #063
  • BRONK, A. L. (?-1899) - gravesite #116
  • BUDONE, Victor (?-1899) - gravesite not known
  • BUNSON, Louis (?-1899) - gravesite #133
  • CALAIS, Nathaniel (1900-1900) - gravesite not known
  • CAMERON, Annie Moulton (1860-1908) a.k.a. Clara Annie Thompson; Mrs. Moulton - gravesite #002
  • CAMERON, J. (?-1898) - gravesite #021
  • CAMPBELL, Rev. Archibald John (1834-1899) - gravesite #079
  • CARGECAUL, Phylis Pearson (?-?) - gravesite #099
  • CARLSON, Lillian Theresa (1894-1897) - gravesite #076
  • CARNADESZ, John (?-1899) - gravesite #103
  • CARTWRIGHT, Claty (1903-1903) - gravesite not known
  • CLARK, Infant (1902-1902) - gravesite #005
  • CLARKSON, Frederick William (1900-1900) - gravesite #094
  • COLASSAY, Raymond (?-1898) - gravesite #091
  • COMER, Patrick (1858-1903) - gravesite #046
  • COSTELLO, Peter (1844-1908) - gravesite not known
  • CROSS, Henry (1844-1901) - gravesite not known
  • DAULEY, Matilda (1873-1898) - gravesite #039
  • DONNELLY, Michell O. (?-1898) - gravesite not known
  • DORAN, Thomas Joseph (1856-1903) - gravesite #015
  • DOUCAN, Thompson (?-1899) - gravesite #053
  • DOVERN, Denny (or Doreen) (?-1903) - gravesite not known
  • DUNNS, Capt. R. C. (1829-1901) - gravesite #050
  • ESSL, Mrs. E. (1863-1901) - gravesite #084
  • ESTRADA, Felix (1889-1904) - gravesite #068
  • FARRELL, Nicholas (1875-1902) - gravesite #064
  • FINDLEY, John (?-1899) - gravesite #062
  • FITZGERALD, William (1838-1903) - gravesite not known
  • FLYNN, John (?-1899) - gravesite #060
  • GALLEGHER, James (?-1900) - gravesite #083
  • GEORGE, Frederick T. (1875-1902) - gravesite not known
  • GILLETTE, William (1889-1898) - gravesite #114
  • GILLETTE, William (1863-1898) - gravesite #105
  • GLIFF, Mrs. William (?-1901) - gravesite #055
  • GRAY, Alexander Sandy "Alex" (1858-1899) - gravesite #027
  • GREY, Barney (1863-1901) - gravesite not known
  • HALLUM, Arthur (1859-1898) - gravesite #032
  • HALPINN, John (?-1898) - gravesite #120
  • HARBST, Eggert Emil (1896-1898) - gravesite #036
  • HEACOCK, John S. (1882-1899) - gravesite #129
  • HERBURGER, John (1836-1909) - gravesite #112
  • HIGGINGS, Dudley (?-1898) - gravesite not known
  • HILL, Alexander (1866-1901) - gravesite not known
  • HILLY, Carolina (1854-1906) - gravesite #042
  • HOLLAND, John (?-1899) - gravesite #075
  • HORN, Mary Ann (1849-1901) - gravesite not known
  • HORTON, Bert (1874-1899) - gravesite #131
  • HORTON, Florence Oliver (1880-1899) - gravesite #132
  • HUKILL, Virginia (1899-1899) - gravesite not known
  • IRVINE, Alexander (1842-1900) - gravesite #082
  • ITJEN, Lucy M. (1864-1946) - south of cemetery
  • ITJEN, Martin G. (1870-1942) - south of cemetery
  • JACKSON, Henry (1853-1903) - gravesite not known
  • JANG, Hem (?-1902) - gravesite not known
  • JENNINGS, H. E. (1867-1898) - gravesite #065
  • JOHNSON, George (?-1899) - gravesite #110
  • JOHNSON, Julius (?-1899) - gravesite #127
  • JOHNSON, Ole (?-1901) - gravesite not known
  • JOY, William H. (1861-1904) New marker is not on correct gravesite, which is #67
  • KEARNS, Mary Matilda (1882-1907) - gravesite not known
  • KENNY, James (1876-1901) - gravesite #012
  • KIYOHARA, George (1873-1908) - gravesite not known
  • KONALSKI, Aug. (?-1898) - gravesite #022
  • KORACH, Infant (1907-1907) - gravesite #004
  • LAMBERT, L. H. (?-1899) - gravesite #058
  • LELANDER, O. Peter (?-1898) - gravesite #034
  • LEWIS, A. B. (1899-1899) - gravesite not known
  • McARTHUR, Arthur Edward (1899-1902) - gravesite not known
  • McARTHUR, ? (1877-1898) - gravesite not known
  • McCANN, Edward (1868-1905) - gravesite #040
  • McCARTHY, John T. (?-?) - gravesite #078
  • McCOOL, Henry (1834-1899) - gravesite #074
  • McCUBBIN, John (?-1898) - gravesite #119
  • McFADDEN, Duncan B. (1850-1898) - gravesite #024
  • McFADDEN, Patrick Michael (1860-1902) - gravesite not known
  • McGRATH, Andy (1872-1898) - gravesite not known
  • McINTYRE, ? (1888-1898) - gravesite #111
  • McINTYRE, Leroy Nicol (1879-1898) - gravesite #108
  • McMINN, Mrs. T. D. (1878-1900) - gravesite #007
  • McMULLIN, Mrs. Annie Elizabeth (?-1899) a.k.a. Mary Knapp - gravesite #130
  • MACK, Henry (1864-1902) - gravesite not known
  • MALLETTE, Isaac S. (1848-1899) - gravesite #059
  • MANN, William (1868-1898) - gravesite not known
  • MARQUETTE, Alex (1872-1900) - gravesite #122
  • MASON, Frederick (1853-1898) - gravesite #023
  • MEADHAM, James E. (?-1903) - gravesite #003
  • MEEHAN, James (1865-1907) - gravesite not known
  • MONNASTES, Walter L. (1881-1900) - gravesite #072
  • MONNETTE, Eugene Albert (1874-1898) - gravesite #102
  • MORSE, James G. (1869-1900) - gravesite #038
  • MULVIHILL, Nellie Susan (1874-1949) - south of cemetery
  • MULVIHILL, William John (1872-1949) - south of cemetery
  • NAKANO, Denzaburo (?-1900) - gravesite #098
  • NASH, William (?-1898) - gravesite #031
  • NICKASON, Arthur (?-1899) - gravesite #107
  • OBRION, Michell (1852-1898) - gravesite not known
  • OLSEN, Ida (1889-1908) - gravesite #001
  • O'NEIL, John (1867-1904) - gravesite not known
  • PACHOLIZOK, M. (?-1899) - gravesite not known
  • PAPIN, Mrs. John (?-1899) - gravesite #037
  • PARKER, Henry Clay (1848-1900) - gravesite #071
  • PARKINS, Robert M. (1865-1901) - gravesite not known
  • PATTON, Clara Amelia (1875-1904) - gravesite #010
  • PAULSON, ? (1871-1898) - gravesite #033
  • POCHEBOOK, J. H. (?-1898) - gravesite #117
  • QUINLAN, Agnes A. (Mrs. J.G.) (1867-1911) - gravesite #008
  • RAUKE, Mrs. Minnie (1869-1899) - gravesite #109
  • REID, Frank H. (1844-1898) - gravesite #052
  • REILEY, James (?-1899) - gravesite #126
  • REIS, Frank P. (1876-1899) - gravesite #057
  • ROONEY, Stephen E. (1864-1898) - gravesite #047
  • ROWAN, James Mark (1864-1898) - gravesite #066
  • ROWE, Capt. Joshua Nickerson (1837-1898) - gravesite #035
  • RUDD, Elias (1900-1900) - gravesite not known
  • SALAUM, Peter M. (?-1898) - gravesite #113
  • SCHEMICH, Constant (1900-1900) - gravesite #106
  • SCHOFIELD, Henry "Harry" (1857-1903) - gravesite #041
  • SCHULTZ, J. P. (1864-1901) - gravesite #128
  • SEILING, Francis Sarah (1899-1900) - gravesite #118
  • SKINNER, Myron (1823-1899) - gravesite #069
  • SLEDING, J. (?-1899) - gravesite #061
  • SMITH, Jefferson R. (1860-1898) - gravesite #026
  • SOI, Ross H. (1890-1898) - gravesite #089
  • SOUTHERLAND, Jonathan Earnest (1874-1898) - gravesite #115
  • STARNER, Ross (1865-1898) - gravesite #095
  • STINEBAUGH, Florence (1904-1907) - gravesite #045
  • STRINGFELLOW, A. (?-1899) - gravesite #121
  • THOMAS, Frederick (1903-1903) - gravesite not known
  • THOMPSON, R. (?-?) - gravesite #125
  • URICK, Louis (1853-1899) - gravesite #025
  • WADE, Sam (1812-1900) - gravesite #019
  • WASHINGTON, Maggie (1899-1901) - gravesite not known
  • WEIGAN, Elef A. (1845-1901) - gravesite not known
  • WESLEY, John B. (?-1899) - gravesite #070
  • WHITE, Carolina Mina (1907-1907) - gravesite #049
  • WHITE, Lily (Mrs. Oscar - Florence?) (1866-1898) - gravesite #090
  • WILBURN, E. C. (1870-1902) - gravesite #011
  • WILLIAMS, Jonathan (1843-1905) - gravesite not known
  • WILLIAMS, Thomas (1858-1898) - gravesite not known
  • WILSON, Ella (1870-1898) - gravesite #016
  • WORKMAN, James Leo (1900-1900) - gravesite not known
  • WRAY, William M. (1863-1899) - gravesite #073
  • WYCLIFF, J. D. (?-1899) - gravesite not known)

  • UNKNOWN (13 gravesites)
Other Skagway Deaths
  • ANDERSON, Cora (1896-1900)
  • BALDWIN, Martin (?-1898)
  • BROWN, Frank W. (?-1907)
  • BUCHANAN, George (1857-1897)
  • CLIFFORD, Dora (1873-1901)
  • CORNEIDESZ, John (?-1899)
  • COSTELLO, William (?-1908)
  • COTTER, William Joseph (?-1908)
  • DAVIS (or DANS), Charles (1894-1898)
  • DICK, Nellie (1899-1899)
  • DUPREY, Joseph (1849-1899)
  • ECKMAN, Charles (1864-1899)
  • FETTER, F. L. (?-1898)
  • FOWLER, Dwight B. (?-1897)
  • GILBEAU, May Julia (1853-1904)
  • GIRTON, Mrs. M. D. (1862-1900)
  • GREGG, W. S. (?-1898)
  • HARRISON, E. A. (?-1904)
  • HILLS, Walter (?-1906)
  • ILIFF, William T. (1860-1901)
  • JACKSON, Infant (1905-1905)
  • JUDD, George Washington (?-1897)
  • KAH-KAKA-KLAH, Susie (?-1905)
  • KOSSUTH, Mrs. Stella (1869-1897)
  • LOPEZ, Daniel (1871-1898)
  • MACRAE, Archie (?-1899)
  • McDONALD, Hector Morrison (?-1908)
  • MENSEN, Emma B. (1865-1901)
  • MORRISON, William (?-1906)
  • OSTRANDER, William (1868-1898)
  • PHILLIPS, John (1881-1900)
  • ROBERTS, Samuel (?-1898)
  • RUSSELL, Mary Hunter (?-1898)
  • SMITH, Infant (1898-1900)
  • SOLOMAN, Jacob (1857-1900)
  • WELLINGTON, William (?-1898)
  • WILBER, N. B. (?-1897)





Elling Aase

Although the headboard reads "F. Aas", this is thought to be the grave of Elling Aase, born in Norway but most recently from Iowa. He died on October 26, 1899, of a concussion received in a fall.

A broader view of the grave area can be seen here.





Hasel Achison

Died Feb 3, 1898
Age 4 yrs. 8 mo. 21 days

The Gold Rush Cemetery database states that Hazel Achison was born on February 6, 1894, and died on February 4, 1898. The sign at the entrance to the cemetery says:

    Four year old Hazel was the first of many who died during a major epidemic of cerebro-spinal meningitis in 1898. In Skagway, and along the trails, the victims of this slow and painful affliction suffered with their pain and died. Several of the people buried in the cemetery succumbed without ever receiving medical treatment.
    Sanitation was undoubtedly lacking in the early Skagway. Water sources were often polluted by the many horses and improper waste disposal. Close quarters and harsh climate all contributed to the spread of disease.
A broader view of the grave area can be seen here.





In memory of

Mary Wheeler Bagg

Wife of Mathew B. Clemenger
Died Oct 15th 1902
Age 40

The cemetery database states that Mary Bagg was born in 1857 and was 45 years old when she died of heart failure.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





John Barring

Age 35 years
Died Aug. 13, 1900

The cemetery database states that John Barring was born in San Francisco in 1865, and died on August 18, 1900.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Infant Baughman

Infant son of J.A. Baughman
Born Oct. 8, 1903
Died Oct. 8, 1903

The son of Dr. Baughman died of an "abnormal heart".

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Paul Baughman

Died May 30, 1904
Age 5 Yrs.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





C.D. Beebe

Mar. 24, '99





Beloved Husband & Father

Alexander Crockett Blanchard

Feb. 14, 1880 - June 14, 1943

The cemetery database states that Alexander Crockett Blanchard, son of Elizabeth Blanchard, had a mercantile store in Juneau in 1898, came to Skagway in 1915 and worked as a bookkeeper and clerk for the WP&YR, and died of coronary thrombosis.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Francis C. Blanchard

Age two years

The cemetery database states that Francis Blanchard, son/daughter of Alex & Olive Blanchard, was born on April 29, 1905 and died on June 28, 1907. He/she "just got sick and died".

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Clinton Boyce

Boyce Clinton
Died July 22, 1900

The cemetery database states that Clinton Boyce (not Boyce Clinton) arrived in Skagway from Aberdeen, Washington. He was born in May 1850 in Marion, New York, and died of scurvy in Skagway on July 12, 1900 (not July 22).





In memory of

Thomas E. Briggs

Born 1855
Died 1904
Aged 48 Yrs.

The cemetery database states that Thomas Briggs was born on January 1, 1856, worked as an engineer for the WP&YR railway, and died of typhoid pneumonia on January 31, 1904. He was buried by the railway company.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Mother

Annie Moulton Cameron

Born: Battle Creek, Mich.
July 4 1860
Died: Skagway, Alaska
June 21 1908

The cemetery database states that Annie Cameron was born on January 1, 1860 at Ann Arbor, MI, and died of a pelvic abscess on July 21, 1908.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Rev. Archibald John Campbell

Born Parish Laggan, Invernesshire, Scotland
Feb. 13, 1834
Died in Skagway Alaska
Feb. 22, 1899

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





In memory of our little darling

Lillian Theresea Carlson

Died Oct 6th 1897
2 yrs 1 mo. 16 days

The cemetery database states that Lillian Theresa Carlson (note the different spelling of "Theresa" than that on the headboard), the daughter of Angus Carlson of Everett, Washington, was born in Everett on August 19, 1894, and died on October 6, 1897, the first child to die in Skagway.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Infant Clark

September 24, 1902 - September 25, 1902

The baby was probably the son of Skagway farmer Henry Clark.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Matilda Dauley

wife of G.A. Dauley
Died May 27, 1898
Age 25 years

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Thompson Doucan

Died Mar. 9, 1899

The cemetery database states that Thompson Doucan, a barber, murdered his "intimate friend" William M. Wray and then committed suicide by shooting himself.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Capt. R.C. Dunns

The cemetery database states that Capt. R.C. Dunns was born in 1829, and died at Bishop Rowe Hospital in Skagway on April 20, 1901.





John Findley

Died March 26, 1899





Mrs. Wm. Gliff

Died June 15, 1901

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Our Darling

Eggert Emil Harbst

Born Sept. 6, 1896
Died May 9, 1898

The infant died after being scalded by hot water.





Mrs. Carolina Hilly

Born in Germany Apr. 1, 1854
Died Sept. 15, 1906
Could she too soon escape this world of pain,
  or could eternal life too soon begin?
Sister

A broad view of the grave area can be seen here.





John Holland

Died April 18th 1899

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Bert Horton
Age 25 Years
Died: Oct. 24, 1899

Florence Horton
Age 19 Years
Died: Oct. 24, 1899

The sign at the entrance to the cemetery says:

    In retaliation for the murder of two Indian packers, the Hortons were ambushed and killed by a group of Indians during a honeymoon trip near Haines in the fall of 1898.
    Skagway newspapers reported that following the murders the bodies were buried near the honeymooner's camp. It wasn't until early spring of 1900 that the whereabouts of the couple was discovered. One of the Indians involved in the murders finally confessed to his involvement in the crime after a Salvation Army revival Meeting.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Alexander Irvine

Born May 14, 1842
Gateside, Scotland
Died June 12, 1900
Berner's Bay, Alaska

A broad view of the grave area can be seen here.





Martin Itjen
Born Jan. 24, 1870
Died Dec. 3, 1942
Rest in peace

Lucy M. Itjen
Born Jan. 18, 1864
Died Dec. 27, 1946

The sign at the entrance to the cemetery says:

    Capitalizing on his experiences during the gold rush Martin ltjen founded Alaska's first tourist sightseeing operation using a Ford truck chassis, Martin built unique Skagway street cars. Besides carrying visitors through historic Skagway. the buses were attractions in themselves. One carried a stuffed bear cub on the front which growled and pointed to the left or right as the car turned. Another had a mannequin of Soapy Smith which turned to salute in a military fashion at regular intervals.
    Itjen later restored Soapy Smith's Saloon and opened it up as a museum. He made the museum a major stop on his tour of historic Skagway. Within, Martin installed a life-sized statue of Soapy standing at the bar. When the front door of the saloon opened, the Soapy look-alike raised a schooner of beer and red light bulbs brightened his eyes. Additional space displayed Alaska and Skagway memorabilia.
    Skagway has been and remains an important tourist attraction. Martin Itjen was a pioneer in this important mainstay of Skagway's economy.

A close view of the headstone for Martin Itjen can be seen here, and the headstone for Lucy Itjen can be seen here.





James Kenny

Born Prince Edward Island, Canada
February 8, 1876
Died February 8, 1900

The cemetery database states that James Kenny was born in Malden, Massachusetts, and died of heart disease.

The brass plaque below the wooden marker can be seen here, and a broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Infant son of

Korach

Born Aug. 20, 1907
Died Aug. 23, 1907

The cemetery database states that there should be a Jewish Star of David on the grave marker, not a Christian cross.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Sacred to the memory of

Edward McCann

Age 38 years
Died Oct. 28 1905

The cemetery database states that Edward McCann was born in 1868.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Henry McCool

Died 1899

The cemetery database states that Henry McCool was born in 1834 and died on March 18, 1899.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Duncan B. McFadden

Died June 6, 1898
Aged 44 years
Native of Cape Breton

The Gold Rush Cemetery database states that Mr. McFadden was born in Cape Breton in 1850, and died of meningitis at the age of 48.





Mrs. T. D. McMinn

Died Dec. 10 1900
Age 22

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Mrs. McMullin

Died Feb. 27, 1899

The cemetery database states that her name was either Annie Elizabeth McMullin, or Mary Knapp.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Isaac S. Mallette

Died March 22 1899

The cemetery database states that Mr. Mallette was born in 1848, worked as a miner, and died on March 24, 1899, not March 22.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





James Meehan

Died Dec. 14, 1907
Age 42 Yrs.

The cemetery database states that James Meehan was born in 1865, and worked for the WP&YR as a painter.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Walter L. Monnastes

Died July 20, 1900

Walter Monnastes, 19 years old, was working as steward on the sternwheeler Florence S. when it rolled and sank on the Thirty Mile River, Yukon. A passenger and her baby also drowned. See an article from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer of August 4, 1900, here.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





James G. Morse

Native of Humbolt, Calif.
Died July 28, 1900
Age 37 years

The cemetery database states that Mr. Morse was born in 1869, worked as a miner at Dawson City, and died in Skagway of "dropsy" (edema).

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





William John Mulvihill
1872-1949

Nellie Susan Mulvihill
1874-1949

The sign at the entrance to the cemetery says:

Born: 1872     Died: 1949
    It is no accident that the closest gravesite to the railroad track belongs to W. J. "Mull" Mulvihill.
    Shortly after the railroad tracks were completed from Skagway to Whitehorse, "Mull" became a dispatcher in Skagway. Before long he was promoted to Chief Dispatcher, and moved into the ornate house at Seventh and Alaska. At the now restored Mulvihill House he had the dispatcher telegraph line connected so he could keep tabs on the trains even while at home.
    In 1942 "Mull" retired from the railroad with 40 years of service. His descendants still take a great interest in the affairs of historic Skagway and its gold rush railroad.

A close view of the headstone for William Mulvihill can be seen here, and the headstone for Nellie Mulvihill can be seen here.





Ida Olsen

Ida, wife of Charles Olsen
Born July 5, 1889
Died June 24, 1908
R.I.P.

The cemetery database states that Ida Olsen died in childbirth at the age of 19.

See a close view of the inscription here.





At Rest
Erected to the memory of

Mrs. John Papin

Died Oct. 8, 1899

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Henry Clay Parker

Born Apr. 17, 1848
Died Mar. 28, 1900

The sign at the entrance to the cemetery says:

    While attending a Chamber of Commerce meeting, Henry Clay Parker collapsed from a heart attack. Heart failure was often listed as the cause of death in early Skagway. It may be presumed that many of these people died of other causes. Medical personnel were overworked, and often without sufficient experience to diagnose more complicated ailments.
    Mr. Parker's funeral was one of the most unique ceremonies in Skagway's history. As the first member of Camp #1 Arctic Brotherhood to die in Skagway, Parker's funeral was conducted by the Brotherhood. A special train took the funeral party and guests from the Arctic Brotherhood Hall to the end of town. From there wagons carried the group to the cemetery.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Clara Amelia Patton

Born May 19, 1875
Died Dec 13, 1904

The cemetery database states that Clara Amelia Patton was born in February 1875 in Washington State, and died in Skagway of blood poisoning on December 14, 1905.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Agnes A. Quinlan

Mrs. J.G. Quinlan

The cemetery database states that Agnes A. Quinlan was born in Canada in 1867, had a husband in Alberta, and died in Skagway in about 1911.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Frank H. Reid

Died July 20, 1898
Aged 54 yrs
He gave his life for the honor of Skagway

A close view of the inscription can be seen here.

The sign at the entrance to the cemetery says:

Born: 1843     Died: July 20, 1898
"He gave his life for the honor of Skagway."
    This simple message inscribed on the largest carved granite monument in the cemetery describes the feeling of Skagway toward one of its departed heroes.
    The bullet fired by Soapy's rifle during the July, 8, 1898 shoot-out left Reid mortally wounded. After twelve agonizing days in the hospital, Reid died from the gunshot wound.
    Credited with the shooting of Soapy Smith, he is heralded even today as one of Skagway's heroes.
    Reid was also responsible for laying out the Skagway townsite in early 1898. As City Surveyor he named and organized the streets you see today.





Frank P. Reis

Died March 30, 1899
Age 23

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





A Hero Not Forgotten

James Mark Rowan

Sept. 24, 1864, Tennessee
Jan. 31, 1898, Skagway
Loving Husband & Father
Deputy US Marshall
Killed in the line of duty
Aged 33 years
He was killed just hours after his only child, James Mark, was born.

On January 31st, 1898 (possibly February 1st), Deputy Marshall Rowan was shot in a Skagway theatre while attempting to resolve a dispute.





Sacred to the memory of

Henry "Harry" Schofield

Longshoreman
Died Nov. 18, 1903
Erected by...

The cemetery database states that Harry Schofield was born in Germany in 1857, and died on November 26, 1903, of "heart failure/ alcoholism".

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





J. Sleding

Died March 26, 1899

The cemetery database states that the surname may be Sledny.





Jefferson R. Smith

Died July 8 - 1898
Aged 38 Years

The notorious Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith, king of the frontier con men, was killed in a shoot-out with Frank Reid. The sign at the entrance to the cemetery says:

Born: 1860     The notorious Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith, king of the frontier con men. was killed in the much publicized shoot out with Frank Reid on July 8, 1898. The Skagway News reported "At 9:30 Friday night the checkered career of "Soapy" Smith was brought to a sudden end by a .38 caliber bullet from a revolver in the unerring right hand of City Surveyor Frank Reid.
    The shooting occurred as Smith attempted to make his way into a large meeting of anti Soapy vigilantes assembled on the Juneau wharf to prevent objectionable characters such as Soapy from entering.
    The bullet fired by Reid instantly killed Soapy Smith and ended the long and successful career of one of Skagway's most talked about characters. The simultaneous shot from Smith's rifle left Frank Reid mortally wounded.

A closer view of the headboard can be seen here.





John B. Wesley

D. 1899

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Carolina Mina White

Daughter of W.T. and N. White
Born June 21, 1907
Died June 22, 1907
God has saved from weary strife
In its dawn, this fresh young life.
Now she waits for us above.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Lily White

The cemetery database states that Mrs. Oscar (Florence?) White was born in Nebraska in October 1866, arrived in Skagway from, Leavenworth, Kansas, and died in Skagway in 1898.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





E. C. Wilburn

Died Mar. 18 1902
At rest

The cemetery database states that E. C. Wilburn was born in 1870, and died on March 18, 1902, of heart failure.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Ella Wilson

Died May 28, 1898
Age 28 Yrs.

The sign at the entrance of the cemetery says:

    "She gave her honor for the life of Skagway."
    As a resident of Skagway's Red Light district, Ella was not given a large funeral after an anonymous strangling. She undoubtedly had many friends, but her standing in the community was probably not high.
    Many of Skagway's ladies of the evening lived in the Red Light district cribs named for their nationalities and trade. Jap Alley, Paradise Alley and French Alley were enclaves of women in virtual slavery. The money only passed through their hands to the men who controlled their lives.
    Eventually prostitution was outlawed from the downtown district and cribs ceased to house the "soiled doves" of Skagway.





William M. Wray

Died Mar. 12, 1899

The cemetery database states that Thompson Doucan, a barber, murdered his "intimate friend" William M. Wray (born in 1863) and then committed suicide by shooting himself.

A broad view of the grave can be seen here.





Two of several grave markers for unknown people.

One of the illegible grave markers.

One of the illegible grave markers.





The small sign marking the cemetery.

This large sign at the entrance to the cemetery has brief biographies of Jefferson R. Smith, Frank H. Reid, Unknown Man, Ella Wilson, Hazel Achison, William J. Mulvihill, H. C. Parker, Bert & Florence Horton, and Martin Itjen. These biographies are transcribed on the page with the enlarged photo of the sign.

When this photo was taken in November 2009, work was being done to make the entrance to the cemetery safer and more convenient for the large number of visitors that come each year.

The view back towards Skagway in November 2009.

The new cemetery entrance area in October 2011.

A general view of the Gold Rush Cemetery in April 2012.

A general view of the southeast corner of the cemetery in November 2017.

New outhouses near the entrance to the cemetery in 2012.

Looking through the cemetery to the White Pass & Yukon Route railway line and the Skagway River in April 2013.

















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