Walking along the main street in Skagway, Alaska, look what we saw.
These girls in the window. No, they are not going to jump. They are inviting all to come inside to see the show.
The Days of ’98 Show is the longest running musical in Alaska. Mom, what is this all about, and why is Soapy Smith featured? Our Soapy? One of the Colorado Traveling Ducks is named Soapy Smith Duck. Our duck was named after the notorious and clever outlaw, Jefferson Randolph Smith. Jefferson Smith earned his nickname, “Soapy” while in Colorado. The human Soapy moved around and eventually settled in Skagway, Alaska. Let’s go inside and see the show.
The girls from the window are dancing, showing ruffles and garters. Let’s check them out now.
On the bar? Mom, this is crazy and fun. We like it. The human Soapy Smith owned and managed this bar in Skagway. He was well liked, but a little on the wrong side of the law most of the time.
This is Brad. He was a chosen volunteer from the audience. Brad was very gracious about this, and even let the girls get him in different clothes. The saloon girls are fighting for Brad’s attention.
This is the human Jefferson “Soapy” Smith with a saloon girl. The entire musical was about Soapy’s life in Skagway, and also his demise.
Our very talented cast was wonderful and we all appreciated them very much. This was a very enjoyable performance. When you are in Skagway, we recommend that you see The Days of ’98 Show. Now back outside.
Downtown Skagway still feels like an old mining town. The wild Alaska feeling is everywhere. Even Grizzly’s General Store.
And the necessary Skagway Brewing Company. The history is preserved.
The Alaska Geographic National Historical Park, highlighting the Klondike Gold Rush.
You can walk where gold seekers walked.
But I’m not sure I want to live like gold seekers lived. People rushed to Skagway on their way to the gold fields. The population of the town really grew, and quickly. This is a great town to visit.