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Northern Cemeteries and Graves

A Guide to Skagway, Alaska


The Pioneer Cemetery at Skagway, Alaska

by Murray Lundberg


The Pioneer Cemetery at Skagway, Alaska

    This cemetery, located in the forest to the northwest of the junction of the South Klondike Highway and the Dyea Road at the north end of Skagway, was opened in 1908. Prior to that, burials took place at what is now called the Gold Rush Cemetery. The last burial at the Pioneer Cemetery was in 1974, after which the new Skagway Cemetery further up the Dyea Road was opened. A partial record of burials at the Pioneer Cemetery (207 of them) can be read here - the list ends in the middle of the "M" surnames.

The following monuments and graves have been photographed and posted here so far:







In memory of

Henry Androw

Died Aug. 16th 1920
Age, 7 years

The burials database states that the surname may be Andrews.





Baby girl Bond

1930 1930

The burials database states that she was born and died on March 7, 1930.





Camillo "McGee" Brena

1920-1968
A living legend in his own time

The burials database states that he was born on August 13, 1920.





Minnie Childs

Born Oct 1, 1891
Died May 4, 1916
At Rest

First name and birthdate not clear - taken from burials database.





Fanny Deverell

Mrs Deverell

Photo taken by Karl Gurcke during a cemetery cleanup in 2006 (posted with permission).





B. Dischalso

Born Genoa, Italy, 1857
Died Aug. 25, 1912

A close view of the headboard can be seen here.





Tony Dortero

Born July 18, 1854
Died Jan. 6, 1919





Vincent T. Dortero

Born Astoria, Ore.
July 28, 1894
Died Camp Dodge, Iowa
Oct. 27, 1918
Aged 24 Yrs.
Member U.S. 14th Inf.
Pioneers Eagleo No 12
Arctic Brotherhood Camp Skagway No 1
F.O.E. No 25
K. of P. Astor Lodge No 6.





Frank Fowler

Born 1866
Died Oct. 15, 1961
95 yrs.

The burials database states that he was born in New York in 1868, that he worked as a White Pass checker-watchman, and that he was a Mason.





Ida Freidinger

Age 65
Died Feb. 10, 1912
Rest in Peace

A close view of the plaque can be seen here.

The burials database states that she was born in Ohio in 1849, was 63 when she died, and was a madam who owned 2 brothels.





George Milford Gore

Born 1925
Died 1928

Photo taken by Karl Gurcke during a cemetery cleanup in 2006 (posted with permission).





Harriet Leete Jacobs

1844 - 1922
In her memory
the Johnston family

A broad view of the gravesite can be seen here.

The burials database states that she was also known as Hattie L. Jacobs, that she was born in Connecticut in 1846 and died in 1919, that she was Wanda Macwiste's mom, and that she may have died of the flu.





George Jennings

April 28 1850
August 25 1924
Age 75 yrs.





Thomas A. Langford

CQM US Navy
World War II Korea
Sept 13 1907     April 29 1970

The naval rank CQM is Chief Quartermaster.





Walter C. McKenzie
1859-1917

Robert D. McKenzie
1892-1917

A close view of the headstone can be seen here.

On August 17, 1917, WP&YR Engineer Walter Collin McKenzie and his son, fireman Robert Daniel "Bert" McKenzie, were killed when locomotive #68 was hit by a large boulder at MP 15.5 and toppled into the canyon.





M.. McM..erson?

Born 1864
Died Dec 16, 1927
Rest in Peace

Photo taken by Karl Gurcke during a cemetery cleanup in 2006 (posted with permission).





Mary F. Murray

Born July 23 1876
Died May 29 1940

Photo taken by Karl Gurcke during a cemetery cleanup in 2006 (posted with permission).





P. S. Murray

Born Dec. 3, 1871
Died March 31, 1939
R.I.P.

Photo taken by Karl Gurcke during a cemetery cleanup in 2006 (posted with permission).





Beloved son "Pat"

Patrick W. Pagnac

Oct. 29, 1953 - Apr. 15, 1970





Gerald Gordon Poe

Nevada
CMOMM US Navy
World War II BSM
July 7 1920     July 17 1965

The naval rank CMOMM is Chief Motor Machinist's Mate. BSM is the Bronze Star Medal, awarded for heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.





Osborne Selmer

1903 - 1964

The emblem below the headstone is from Baldwin steam locomotive #70, which was operated by the White Pass & Yukon Route railway, where Mr. Selmer was a Master Mechanic.





Dolores Joann Sheleby

Born Nov. 23, 1943
Died Dec. 5, 1953





Rose Stevenson

Dec. 25, 1895
Jan. 12, 1943





One of the scrap piles during a cemetery cleanup in 2006. Photo by Karl Gurcke, posted with permission.

The gated access road to the cemetery, in 2017.

Fall colours in late September.