Road Now Open - February 22, 1907

Road Now Open

White Pass Had One Week’s Strenuous Time

The first train to reach Whitehorse for just one week came in Tuesday evening of this week.
The train that left here a week ago Wednesday morning lay at Pennington until some time Monday when it proceeded on to Skagway.

The track was covered from Glacier to Pennington by a succession of slides. The snow in places was 30 feet deep. Every place where the road is exposed to a mountain slope it was covered by a slide. At Log Cabin hill a slide came down on the road, 30 feet deep, carrying trees, rock and other debris with it. The slides were due to the mild weather which prevailed the former part of last week.

As the result of the tieup on the railroad Whitehorse narrowly escaped a food famine. As it was her peoples were out of eggs and potatoes for several days.

On the train that was forced to lay at Pennington for five days were five passengers who were cared for at the section house at that place.

On Monday, the day the line was opened, the Alaskan said:

The White Pass is open again from Skagway to Whitehorse after what is admitted to be the worst blockade, though not of the longest duration that ever was experienced on the line.

The rotary left Skagway yesterday morning for the third days fight with the snow. It worked all day and all night and until 9:30 o’clock this morning, when it reached Pennington, relieving the train that had been blockaded there since last Wednesday. It cleaned out the drifts and slides that extended beyond Pennington for four of five miles, before starting back, and will reach Skagway this evening. The snow was from 5 to 25 feet deep.

The passenger train that left Whitehorse last Wednesday reached the Summit before noon, but was delayed for two hours between there and Glacier, arriving at Skagway at 3:30 pm.

Whitehorse Star, Friday, February 22, 1907

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