White Pass, 2,888 ft (880 m) high, in the Coast Mts., on the Alaska–British Columbia border, NE of Skagway. A hazardous trail through the pass was made (1897) by prospectors going to the Klondike, as an alternate route to the Chilkoot Pass. Between 1898 and 1900 the White Pass and Yukon Railway was built from Skagway to Whitehorse, Yukon, to provide transportation from the Pacific tidewater to the Yukon valley. The railway suspended service in 1982.
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