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What was the goal of the White Pass and Yukon railroad?

What was the goal of the White Pass and Yukon railroad?

The railroad began construction in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush as a means of reaching the goldfields. With its completion in 1900, it became the primary route to the interior of the Yukon, supplanting the Chilkoot Trail and other routes.

What was easier about the White Pass Trail than the Chilkoot Trail?

Both trails are ice free and low in elevation making them the most practical way to cross over the Coastal Mountains into the interior of Canada. The White Pass Trail lacked the steep slopes of the Chilkoot, but it was 10 miles longer and had its own obstacles.

Where is White Pass Summit?

White Pass
Elevation 873 m (2,864 ft)
Location Atlin District, Canada / Municipality of Skagway Borough, Alaska, United States
Range Boundary Ranges
Coordinates 59°37′29″N 135°08′17″W

Which railroad was completed in 1900 making it easier to get to Dawson?

The White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) railway was built in the days of the Klondike Gold Rush to connect tidewater at Skagway, on the Alaskan coast, with Whitehorse, at the head of navigation on the Yukon River. Construction started in 1899 and was completed in 1900.

Why was the Yukon railroad built?

The White Pass & Yukon Route railway was built to meet the demand for transportation to the gold fields of the Yukon River basin during the Klondike Gold Rush. Completed in 1900, it was a feat of engineering and one of the steepest railways in North America.

Where is the Yukon Suspension Bridge?

The Yukon Suspension Bridge is a pedestrian cable suspension bridge located on mile 46.5 on the South Klondike Highway in Northern British Columbia, Canada.

What gauge is the Alaska railroad?

Alaska Railroad
Track length 656 miles (1,056 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 81⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Old gauge 3 ft (914 mm) (former Tanana Valley Railroad)
Signalling Centralized traffic control or track warrant control with positive train control

What was the nickname for the White Pass Trail?

Novelist Jack London, a witness, renamed White Pass the “Dead Horse Trail.” Circa 1897.

What is the White Pass Trail?

White Pass, also known as the Dead Horse Trail, (elevation 873 m or 2,864 ft) is a mountain pass through the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains on the border of the U.S. state of Alaska and the province of British Columbia, Canada.