) is a first-class borough
, on the Alaska Panhandle
. It was formerly a city first incorporated in 1900 that was re-incorporated as a borough on June 25, 2007. As of the 2010 census
, the population of the city was 920. However, the population doubles in the summer tourist season in order to deal with more than 900,000 visitors.
The port of Skagway is a popular stop for cruise ships
, and the tourist trade is a big part of the business of Skagway. The White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad
, part of the area's mining past, is now in operation purely for the tourist trade and runs throughout the summer months.
Skagway (originally spelled Skaguay
) is from the Tlingit
name for the area, "Skagua" or "Shԍagwei" meaning "a windy place with white caps on the water."
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