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April 22, 1990
Having had the opportunity to take several cruises to southeast Alaska, I can vouch for the many wonders about which Shirley Slater and Harry Basch accurately wrote ("A Couple of Ways to See Alaska From Sea Level," April 8). However, while it is true that in Sitka one can see many examples of Russian architecture, one cannot see the ghost of con man Soapy Smith still stalking the streets. To appreciate the lore and legend of Alaska's greatest confidence man, one must go to Skagway, walk the streets which Soapy walked during the gold rush days and visit Soapy's grave.
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November 21, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Travel through time to Alaska's Gold Rush era on a coastal steamer where  crew members, dressed in period costumes, describe events of 1898. A diverse cast of characters, from cannery workers to shipping magnates, talks about the 19th century free-for-all on the steamship cruise between Juneau and Ketchikan. Seattle-based Un-Cruise Adventures hosts Alaska's Golden History cruises, which blend the state's dramatic landscape of glaciers and mountains with living history skits and presentations.
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TRAVEL
September 21, 1986
We enjoyed our visits to Skagway in September, 1984, and again this July. On both occasions the train from Skagway to Whitehorse was not in service. When we visited Skagway in 1984 the main street was a dusty road and one felt one was in the last of the old frontier towns. To our disappointment (and the delight of the citizens) the streets are paved as of 1985. M. M. SPINKS Rolling Hills
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Do San Francisco in style before heading out on a Princess cruise to Alaska's Inside Passage. Uncommon Journeys offers the 10-night cruise with pre-boarding extras: tours of Napa Valley wineries and the city while spending three nights at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. I like this offer for the three-day pre-trip itinerary, and the fact you don't have to go to Seattle or Vancouver , Canada, to board. Elegant Alaska , as the trip is called, also features a welcome dinner at the Presidio Social Club along with a day of wine tastings in the Napa Valley and a day touring San Francisco.
BOOKS
April 28, 1991
I'm currently researching a book on Harriet Pullen of Skagway, Alaska. She first went to Skagway at the beginning of this century, with her small sons. She drove a team of horses over the passes, hauling freight for the gold prospectors. She also made and sold apple pies to the miners. Then she built and ran a world- famous hotel in Skagway, a hotel that hosted a great many noted people. Many Californians visited Pullen's Hotel, some making the voyage on the "Princess Louise"; any recollections of a visit would be greatly appreciated.
TRAVEL
April 18, 1999
Regarding "Arcane Rule Has Cruise Ships Skirting U.S. Ports" (Travel Insider, March 21): The law can affect cruise ship passengers in other, unexpected ways besides inconvenient routing for embarkation. Two years ago, my elder sister and I had to leave our cruise in Alaska to fly to an East Coast hospital where our sister had just been placed into intensive care. The stress of getting the bad news and the trouble of trying to arrange immediate flights from Skagway were bad enough.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Travel through time to Alaska's Gold Rush era on a coastal steamer where  crew members, dressed in period costumes, describe events of 1898. A diverse cast of characters, from cannery workers to shipping magnates, talks about the 19th century free-for-all on the steamship cruise between Juneau and Ketchikan. Seattle-based Un-Cruise Adventures hosts Alaska's Golden History cruises, which blend the state's dramatic landscape of glaciers and mountains with living history skits and presentations.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Do San Francisco in style before heading out on a Princess cruise to Alaska's Inside Passage. Uncommon Journeys offers the 10-night cruise with pre-boarding extras: tours of Napa Valley wineries and the city while spending three nights at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. I like this offer for the three-day pre-trip itinerary, and the fact you don't have to go to Seattle or Vancouver , Canada, to board. Elegant Alaska , as the trip is called, also features a welcome dinner at the Presidio Social Club along with a day of wine tastings in the Napa Valley and a day touring San Francisco.
TRAVEL
July 7, 1985 | SHARON DIRLAM, Times Staff Writer
A sunny day in Juneau is cause for a celebration. In fact, there was a time that whenever the sun ruled over a cloudless sky, the governor pronounced a "sun holiday" for southeast Alaska. Boaters have been known to cut short a salmon-fishing trip in order to haul out and paint their vessels in the sunshine. "Juneau sneakers" (rubber boots) are put aside, flannel shirts are shed and pale skin turns sunward in the pink. "For me, a day like this makes it all worthwhile," said a smiling taxi driver.
TRAVEL
September 8, 1985
Sure enough, the far-flung Times has reached all the way to southeastern Alaska, and I read with pleasure Sharon Dirlam's article on Skagway (June 30). . . . A glaring omission is the failure to mention Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. The park of 14 Skagway downtown buildings has played a major role in Skagway's restoration and tourist trade. The downtown area is much brighter than a decade ago, and the preservation of many of her architectural treasures is ensured because of the park service's efforts.
TRAVEL
April 18, 1999
Regarding "Arcane Rule Has Cruise Ships Skirting U.S. Ports" (Travel Insider, March 21): The law can affect cruise ship passengers in other, unexpected ways besides inconvenient routing for embarkation. Two years ago, my elder sister and I had to leave our cruise in Alaska to fly to an East Coast hospital where our sister had just been placed into intensive care. The stress of getting the bad news and the trouble of trying to arrange immediate flights from Skagway were bad enough.
BOOKS
April 28, 1991
I'm currently researching a book on Harriet Pullen of Skagway, Alaska. She first went to Skagway at the beginning of this century, with her small sons. She drove a team of horses over the passes, hauling freight for the gold prospectors. She also made and sold apple pies to the miners. Then she built and ran a world- famous hotel in Skagway, a hotel that hosted a great many noted people. Many Californians visited Pullen's Hotel, some making the voyage on the "Princess Louise"; any recollections of a visit would be greatly appreciated.
NEWS
April 22, 1990 | BRIAN S. AKRE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Homeowners' gardens and yards in the Gold Rush town of Skagway will be vacuumed this month in a high-tech spring cleaning aimed at removing lead from the soil. The work, which started last week, is the final step in one of Alaska's most expensive pollution cleanups. Extremely high levels of lead were discovered in 1988 in the soil in Skagway, a shipping port for lead and zinc ore for decades.
TRAVEL
April 22, 1990
Having had the opportunity to take several cruises to southeast Alaska, I can vouch for the many wonders about which Shirley Slater and Harry Basch accurately wrote ("A Couple of Ways to See Alaska From Sea Level," April 8). However, while it is true that in Sitka one can see many examples of Russian architecture, one cannot see the ghost of con man Soapy Smith still stalking the streets. To appreciate the lore and legend of Alaska's greatest confidence man, one must go to Skagway, walk the streets which Soapy walked during the gold rush days and visit Soapy's grave.
NEWS
July 23, 1989 | BRIAN S. AKRE, Associated Press
Crews have removed tainted soil near Skagway's ore terminal, but eight months after the discovery of extremely high levels of lead in the town there is no plan for cleaning homes, yards or Skagway Harbor. "It's supposed to be a cleanup, but it's a half-hearted effort," said Susan Fredricks, one of about a dozen of Skagway's 712 residents who in April formed "Get the Lead Out," which is pushing for a thorough cleanup.
TRAVEL
September 21, 1986
We enjoyed our visits to Skagway in September, 1984, and again this July. On both occasions the train from Skagway to Whitehorse was not in service. When we visited Skagway in 1984 the main street was a dusty road and one felt one was in the last of the old frontier towns. To our disappointment (and the delight of the citizens) the streets are paved as of 1985. M. M. SPINKS Rolling Hills
NEWS
August 24, 1986 | United Press International
The 340-foot cruise ship Sea Goddess 1 plowed into the dock at the gold rush town of Skagway with 116 passengers aboard, crunching timbers that splintered and landed on its deck, officials said Saturday. No injuries were reported. The ship reportedly dropped anchor 100 feet from the dock but could not stop, tearing off a 130-foot section of the quarter-mile-long dock, officials said. The cause of the Friday accident was being investigated.
NEWS
July 23, 1989 | BRIAN S. AKRE, Associated Press
Crews have removed tainted soil near Skagway's ore terminal, but eight months after the discovery of extremely high levels of lead in the town there is no plan for cleaning homes, yards or Skagway Harbor. "It's supposed to be a cleanup, but it's a half-hearted effort," said Susan Fredricks, one of about a dozen of Skagway's 712 residents who in April formed "Get the Lead Out," which is pushing for a thorough cleanup.
NEWS
August 24, 1986 | United Press International
The 340-foot cruise ship Sea Goddess 1 plowed into the dock at the gold rush town of Skagway with 116 passengers aboard, crunching timbers that splintered and landed on its deck, officials said Saturday. No injuries were reported. The ship reportedly dropped anchor 100 feet from the dock but could not stop, tearing off a 130-foot section of the quarter-mile-long dock, officials said. The cause of the Friday accident was being investigated.
TRAVEL
September 8, 1985
Sure enough, the far-flung Times has reached all the way to southeastern Alaska, and I read with pleasure Sharon Dirlam's article on Skagway (June 30). . . . A glaring omission is the failure to mention Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. The park of 14 Skagway downtown buildings has played a major role in Skagway's restoration and tourist trade. The downtown area is much brighter than a decade ago, and the preservation of many of her architectural treasures is ensured because of the park service's efforts.
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