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Skagway

Skagway (135.308W 59.456N) is a tiny port in Alaska that became famous as the gateway to the gold fields of the Yukon. Chilikoot Barracks was the only U.S. Army installation in Alaska prior to 1940, and it had accommodations for a garrison of just 400 men.

Some thought was given to developing Skagway as the primary port supplying Alaska (via a road to Whitehorse and Fairbanks) in the event of a Japanese attack on the territory, but this was rejected from fears that the sea communications to Skagway would be vulnerable to interdiction. Instead, the decision was made to construct the Alaska-Canada Highway. However, a fuel pipeline was eventually laid along this route.

Rail connections

Whitehorse


References

Conn, Engleman, and Fairchild (1961; accessed 2011-7-1)
Rottman (2002)
Szuiban (1959; accessed 2011-7-1)

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