Episode 7 - Chilkoot Trail or White Pass?
"Whichever way you go, you will wish you had gone the other."
Stampeders arriving in Skagway and Dyea had a big choice to make: the Chilkoot Trail or the White Pass. Both went over the mountains to the Yukon and Klondike gold. On the ship up the coast, everyone heard how the Chilkoot was shorter but steeper while the White Pass was longer but easier going. In this episode, we'll follow Tappan Adney along the White Pass and find out why he wrote later, "The opening of the White Pass as a summer trail was not a blunder ... it was a crime."
Sources, maps & reading
Alice Cyr in the Yukon News on Dead Horse Gulch
Map of the Chilkoot Trail and White Pass routes with photos of Dyea and Skagway from around the time Tappan Adney passed through, from the University of Washington collection
Photos of the Dead Horse Trail from the University of Washington collection
The Klondike Stampede by Tappan Adney