Fort William H. Seward

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Fort William H. Seward (1898-1943) - A U.S. Army post established as Haines Mission in 1898 near present day Haines, Haines Borough, Alaska. The post was made permanent on 3 Mar 1904 and named Fort William H. Seward for Secretary of State William H. Seward, who purchased Alaska for the U.S. in 1867. Renamed Chilkoot Barracks in G.O. 54, 13 Dec 1922. Abandoned in 1943. Also known as Fort Seward (3).

Fort Seward (upper center) at Haines Alaska

Fort William H. Seward History

Fort Seward was the last of 11 military posts established in Alaska during the Alaska's gold rush (1896-1903). Established to preserve law and order in the gold camps, the fort also provided a U.S. military presence in Alaska during boundary disputes with Canada.

The post was first garrisoned on 27 Sep 1904 by Colonel Thomas C. Woodbury (Cullum 2436) and three companies of the 3rd U.S. Infantry.

Chilkoot Barracks was placed in caretaker status in 1943 and sold in 1947.

Current Status

Near Haines, Haines Borough, Alaska.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry:

  • Name: Fort Seward Type: Class: Populated Place ID: 863307
  • Location: Haines Borough, Alaska, US, FIPS Code: 02100
  • Latitude: 59.2288889, Longitude: -135.4377778, Elevation: 0 Map: Skagway A-2
  • As Of: 01 Jan 2000
Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Location: Haines, Haines Borough, Alaska.

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Lat: 59.226841 Long: -135.444131

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