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President Harding Visits Skagway
The Walker and Blanchard gardens became a center of national attention in 1923, when President Warren Harding visited Alaska. Harding had originally planned to bypass Skagway, but a last-minute reconsideration – possibly of an invitation tendered him by Harriet Pullen – sent his naval entourage up the Lynn Canal. When he and his entourage arrived on the morning of July 11, gardens were a significant part of the Presidential party’s agenda. The party first headed up to the landscaped, flower-bedecked Pullen House, where the President gave a speech to the assembled crowd. Afterwards, the party toured the Blanchard garden, after which the First Lady visited the Walker garden as well. She was given several bouquets, “one with a dahlia nearly a foot in diameter,” before heading back to the waiting ship.70

To capitalize on the increasing tourist trade, local jack-of-all-trades Martin Itjen began operating a tour bus in the mid-1920s. He modified a Ford body into a small bus he called the “Skagway Street-Car,” and until World War II gave tourists the most complete, and certainly the most entertaining way to tour the old gold rush town. Itjen was a character to which tourists took an instant liking, and his tour was a skillful blend of description, local history and personal anecdotes.

Gardens were an important part of his tour. Itjen took tourists to the Blanchard and Walker gardens, but also to the Hannan, Baker, Suffecool, McCann and Talbot gardens. He doubtless showed them many more in his meandering around the city. Many considered him the best tour guide in Alaska, an honor which gave added luster to the town and its many points of interest.71

- from Garden City of Alaska, Copyright 2003 © Skagway Garden Club. All rights reserved.

Garden City of Alaska

An Illustrated History of Gardening in Skagway, Alaska

by Frank Norris

with contemporary color photos of award-winning Skagway gardens by Dimitra Lavrakas, and historic photos from the Skagway Museum and other collections in Alaska and the Yukon.

A project of the Skagway Garden Club – half of all proceeds from sale of this book benefit SGC projects like the Commuity Garden

$14. 95 paper, with French flap, 96 pages

A suspicious circumstance was reported in a resident's yard. The center of a wood pile was found hollowed out. Officer was unable to tell if the center had been stolen, or if the wood had merely been piled high to build a fort. It was odd that it could have been done during the day or night without anyone seeing or hearing it. The pile is not particularly stable enough to hold a large person. - November 12, 1993

Police heard a very loud dog screaming in pain and traced the noise to its source: two dogs "hopelessly stuck together while attempting the wild thing." Police waited till they were done. The female was tied to a rope, and the male was impounded. he was later released to a Canadian citizen after the impound, room and board fees were collected. - April 25, 1992

Police received a call from the Skagway Inn in reference to disposing of some type of "hazardous material." Upon arrival, officers disposed of leftover chocolate pie with whipped cream and coffee. While there, officers received a call that four juveniles had been jumping off the roof of the Library on State Street and were heading south toward the Inn. Police ran out and confronted the juveniles, who explained they were just having fun. - December 5, 1992

A man was contacted on Third near Broadway after he was reported going from business to business asking for money. The man said he had worked undercover for President Reagan and we should do all we can to help the president. - August 4, 1987

You didn't have to look at the community calendar to realize that Wednesday, Sept. 7 was Missy Meister's birthday - her weird present from practical joker Scott Logan took care of that. A 1,500-pound bull moose propped on top of Meister's blue Chevy Bel-Air attracted scores of Skagway residents to her driveway. The bloated beast - which apparently had drowned in Long Bay - attracted more people than flies, many of them carrying hunting rifles to pose with the moose for trophy photos. A tour bus even took a detour to give visitors a glimpse - and maybe a whiff - of Meister's putrid present. - "Bloatwinkle the Moose" Becomes Birthday Present, September, 1988

- from Best of the Skagway, Alaska Police Blotter, Copyright 1995 © by The Skagway News Co., Jeff Brady and Mike Sica, editors. All rights reserved.

Best of the Skagway, Alaska Police Blotter
And Other True Tales
from Alaska’s Fun City

Compiled and edited by Jeff Brady and Mike Sica from the pages of The Skagway News.


$8.95 paper, 111 pp. Illustrated with photos and cartoons from The Skagway News. AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Like a freshly hatched bumblebee, Skagway was full grown very young in life, and the town, less than a year old, was full of buzz and bumble and a lot of other things when the Stroller landed there in the early spring of the year 1898. During the next several months Soapy Smith and the Stroller held services in Skagway, each in his own separate and distinct manner. Soapy operated with three shells and a small pea and used automatic artillery, while the Stroller conducted a mild-mannered newspaper in which he pointed out the rewards of upright living and urged his readers always to put a squirt of lemon in it. Soapy worked on a cash basis while the Stroller extended credit, some of which is still extended. -The Stroller Comes North

It was a busy block; sometimes too busy. There was the night a man was killed in the Klondike Saloon and the stranger who did the shooting fled to the street, pursued by a crowd of enraged friends of the deceased. Five shots were fired at him just as he passed the printing office, but none of them made connections with their target. Two struck the sidewalk and three penetrated the newspaper building in which the Stroller was asleep. And while none of the bullets found their way to his pallet under the press, the next morning the Stroller took the precaution of securing several sheets of boiler iron with which to surround his boudoir. - Skagway Newspaper Days

In Dawson, the Stroller frequently visited the police court in search of news. In one case he remembers it was charged that a dog had stolen a whole ham from a cache twelve feet high. The owner of the dog, who operated a restaurant in town, claimed that it was not possible for his dog to have climbed into the cache, but the owner of the ham swore that the dog, in 50-below weather, blew its breath on one of the posts of the cache, forming steps by which it climbed up and grabbed the ham. Moreover, said the erstwhile owner of the ham, although the dog chewed all the meat off the bone, he believed the ham bone was still in possession of the restaurant owner. He asked to be permitted to subpoena it as evidence. The magistrate took that under advisement. The Stroller knew, however, that the statement was true; he had eaten soup made from that identical ham bone dozens of times. - Northland Memories

Casey filed for a seat on the aldermanic board, having been attracted to that position by the fact that the members had voted themselves salaries of $300 a month, and he threw himself into the campaign. He faced and uphill battle because his principal opponent in the election campaign was a saloon owner whose platform consisted of but two planks: 1. Free whiskey. 2. Plenty of it. - Casey Moran

from Klondike Newsman "Stroller" White, Copyright 1969, 1990 © by R.N. DeArmond. Previously published as "Tales of a Klondike Newsman" by Mitchell Press. All rights reserved.

Klondike Newsman "Stroller" White

The columns of Elmer J. "Stroller” White, the Mark Twain of the North

An "ALASKA 67" book, one of the 67 best books on Alaska history as listed by the Alaska Historical Society in 2007.

Compiled and edited by R.N. DeArmond, cub reporter for "Stroller's Weekly"

12.95 Paper, 237 pp., Illustrated with photos from the Stroller's family collection, REVISED EDITION

"When I opened my eyes, I was looking at the door and my eyes felt kind of fuzzy - sort of out of focus. At least I thought that's what it was! John whispered to me, 'What are you looking at?' and I said, 'I don't know. What is that?' and he answered back, 'I don't know either, but I've been watching it for two hours!' I mean that's quite a statement from a skeptic. He saw what I saw, so it wasn't my eyes! We just lay there, trying to put things in proper perspective, trying to describe to each other what we were looking at, and figured it was a light form of some sort. At least to me that was the best description. It had substance, but we could see clear through it. It was large. It went clear to the top of the door. It had human form, but I couldn't tell if it was a man or a woman. It was just a pulsating sort of light form. It almost covered the door, and we watched it for another hour and just whispered to each other." - Mary the Moveable Ghost and Other Hauntings of the Golden North Hotel

Later that summer, the reconstruction of the Palace Grand finally got underway. The old theater was completely torn down and an exact duplicate was built on the old foundations. Shortly after the stage was finished, several of the carpenters and painters reported seeing "a very pretty lady" walking out onto the stage. She watched the workers for a few minutes and then "disappeared into thin air!" When asked what she looked like, one of the carpenters said to me, "Well, she sure had pretty red hair!" - Queen of the Klondike, Kate Rockwell of the Palace Grand Theater

Al Downes of Whitehorse told me a story about a Frenchman who worked on John's claim. After a month or so, he finally gave up and left the mining operation at three in the morning without saying a word to anyone. Some said that he was scared witless by an apparition that flew through the air wrapped in an old blanket, and he was sure this must be John. For it was said that when John died, he was just wrapped in a blanket and buried only two feet down in the ground. No wonder the gravesite is covered with a large mound of rocks. - John Stockton, the Perpetual Prospector on Glacier Creek

- from Ghosts of the Klondike, Copyright 1993 © by Shirley Jonas and Chris Caldwell. All rights reserved.

Ghosts of the Klondike

They Haunt the Frozen North

By Shirley Jonas, Illustrations by Chris Caldwell,

$11.95 paper, 114 pp., Illustrations by acclaimed Yukon artist Chris Caldwell

Third edition