Skagway, Alaska, a coastal town in the southeast. It lies about 80 miles (130 km) northwest of Juneau, the capital, at the northern end of the Inside Passage, a coastal shipping route. Majestic peaks of the Coast Mountains rise directly behind the town. Skagway was founded in 1897 as the gateway to the Klondike goldfields of the Yukon, Canada, and soon became a boom-town of some 10,000 inhabitants. Though its prosperity was brief, Skagway retained much of the gold rush flavor and now is primarily a summer tourist center. Nearby is treacherous Chilkoot Pass, part of the main route to the goldfields until the opening of a railway between Skagway and Whitehorse (in the Yukon) in 1900.