Back in the gold rush days, Skagway was notorious as one of the hardest-drinking towns in the world. The Mascot Saloon Museum is dry as a bone these days, but during the gold rush it was one of more than 70 saloons serving up beer, whiskey and wine, and plenty of it.
The restored 1910 saloon is filled with displays and exhibits from the town’s heyday, when pastimes like gambling, drinking and prostitution were its claim to fame.
Browse the collection of memorabilia and photos, and imagine standing at the bar celebrating your latest find. Interpretive ranger tours point out the collection’s highlights.
For insights into the red-light district, drop into the 1897 Red Onion Saloon which also operated as a brothel. The Red Onion serves meals and drinks, and offers tours of its bordello museum upstairs.
Photo by Angela M. Brown
The Mascot Saloon Museum is in Skagway’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park collection of restored downtown buildings.