Many people passed through Skagway on the way to the gold fields during the Yukon goldrush.
They would often write messages on the rocks at the dock.  Then others who followed would
know who had made it to this spot.  This tradition continued until recently, but has been stopped.
We took this picture from the ship.


The mountains rise from the sea very quickly near Skagway--and most others towns along the coast.  The miners heading for the Yukon had this type of terrain to move their equipment across.