Chitina once was a thriving town

This Model-T is loaded and ready to deliver mail out of Chitina in 1919. These new-fangled automobiles put a few sled dogs out of business along some of Alaska’s postal routes! The town, located about 53 miles southeast of Copper Center on the Edgerton Highway, was a bustling operation following the discovery of copper ore […]

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Kodiak was buried in ash from Novarupta in 1912

This month in Alaska history: On June 6, 1912, the earth exploded when a volcano located on the Alaska Peninsula blew its top. The Novarupta explosion was the most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. People in Juneau, Alaska, about 750 miles from the volcano, heard the sound of the blast more than an […]

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First Post!

The first school in Anchorage, pictured here during the winter of 1916, was located between Fifth and Sixth avenues downtown. School days delayed in Anchorage When Land Office chief Andrew Christensen opened the auction for a townsite above Ship Creek on July 10, 1915, bidding became so brisk that prospective lot owners couldn’t hold down […]

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