Skagway in its hay-days (starting in 1896) had some thousand inhabitants: today it has 500 in the winter, but many more during the summer (May to end of September) when daily about 10.000 (!!!) tourists visit the city, mainly by cruise ship. In our instance, 4 big cruise ships where docked, amounting to about 8.000 persons, and this at the end of the season.
So, Skagway lives on tourists: shopping and excursions. ‘Broadway’, the main street is lined with souvenir shops on both sides for a mile or so, interrupted only by the occasional bar, the most famous the Red Onion Saloon where there is a guided tour of the former upstairs brothel.