ⓘ Fort William H. Seward

                                     

ⓘ Fort William H. Seward

Fort William H. Seward, also known as Chilkoot Barracks and Haines Mission, is a site at Port Chilkoot in Haines Borough, Alaska, about 0.5 miles from the city of Haines. It was the last of a series of 11 military posts established in Alaska during the gold rush era, and was Alaskas only military facility between 1925 and 1940. It provided a policing presence for miners moving into the gold mining areas in the Alaskan interior, and a military presence during negotiations over the nearby international border with Canada. The fort is named for William H. Seward, the United States Secretary of State who oversaw the Alaska purchase.