onderful color film footage of the old gold rush town of Skagway, Alaska, taken in 1948! The footage was transferred to YouTube from a 16mm home movie.
Besides fantastic viewing of the town in its rustic state, here are a few moments in the footage I personally found very interesting.
At minute 2:26 - Martin Itjen's "streetcar." Note the sign "Soapy Smith's Museum." Owners, Geroge Rapuzzi is in the drivers seat while Jack Greisbach stands outside the bus.
At minute 2:39 - Jeff Smith's Parlor.
At minute 2:41 - Soapy Smith's Skull.
"Keep an open mind…and people will throw a lot of garbage into it."
— Keith C. Cobb, Exceptions to the Rules
1568: French forces in Florida kill hundreds of Spanish soldiers and civilians.
1802: Washington, the District of Columbia, is incorporated.
1855: Macon Allen is the first black-American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
1873: Manuel Fernandez is the first in Arizona territory to be legally executed, for the murder of Mike McCartney, a Yuma store keeper.
1882: President Chester Arthur threatens martial law due to the lawlessness in Cochise County, Arizona Territory.
1888: Florence, Arizona Sheriff Peter Gabriel, shoots and kills Joe Phy, an ex-deputy. Both men had been drinking in a saloon previous to the fight. Although wounded in the groin and chest, Gabriel recovers and is exonerated on grounds of self-defense.
1888: Thomas Edison organizes the Edison Phonograph Works.