Alaska & the Klondike, Early Writings and Historic Photographs, compiled and edited by Helen Hegener, is an anthology of selected writings by early explorers and travelers in Alaska and the Yukon Territory of Canada. Charting an unknown country, exploring a wondrous land, searching for gold, delivering freight and mail beyond where any roads would reach,... Continue Reading →
Written in 1909 by Addison M. Powell, an adventurer, prospector, hunter, and a former guide for Captain William R. Abercrombie’s 1898 Copper River Exploring Expedition, which was one of three military expeditions organized under the direction of the Secretary of War with directives for exploring the interior of the new territory of Alaska.
From the earliest tent-style roadhouses to today’s picturesque roadside lodges, Alaskan roadhouses are a colorful reminder of the state’s past, and many are still an important part of Alaska’s transportation network. At one time there were thousands of roadhouses, now only a handful remain. Preserving their stories and photographs, this book brings an important aspect of Alaska's past to the forefront.
On that cold morning in March, 1973, thirty-six mushers stood at the starting line in Anchorage, Alaska, looking over the backs of their teams and down the trail toward Nome, over 1,000 miles away. They were on their way to making history.
The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race spans some of the harshest winter territory on the planet: 1,000 miles between Fairbanks, Alaska and the city of Whitehorse in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Because of the harsh conditions, the Yukon Quest has been called the “most difficult sled dog race in the world”and the “toughest race in the world.” It’s an event like no other.
Long Hard Trails and Sled Dog Tales is a memoir of sorts, an adventure story to be sure, and a look at what it’s like to follow a champion sled dog racing team across thousands of miles of Arctic wilderness. Award-winning author Helen Hegener hitched her wagon to a star: The legendary double four-time Iditarod and Yukon Quest winner Lance Mackey, beginning with his bid for a fourth Yukon Quest title in 2008.
On September 15, 1912, four federal railroad commissioners stepped ashore at Seward with a Congressional mandate to study and recommend the Alaska railroad routes which would best “develop the country and the resources thereof for the use of the people of the United States.” After all of their travels, interviews, and studies of the existing rail structures, their report stated that it was necessary to develop rail connections between interior Alaska and the warm-water ports of south-central Alaska in order to aid development of the territory’s mineral and agricultural resources.
A dogteam in stained glass which once graced a building in downtown Seattle led to a book which offers a fascinating look at the unique forces which helped shape the city of Seattle and the futures of Alaska and the Yukon Territory.
The Matanuska Colony Project at Palmer was part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, a series of economic programs designed to provide the “3 R’s”: Relief, Recovery, and Reform.”
In 1935 the U.S. Government transported 200 families from the Great Depression-stricken midwest to Alaska. As part of each family’s farmstead, a magnificent barn was raised.
The All Alaska Sweepstakes is the oldest organized distance sled dog race in the world, with records kept by the Nome Kennel Club dating back to the first race in 1908. The route from Nome, on the south side of the Seward Peninsula, to the small community of Candle on the north side and return,... Continue Reading →
"I spent almost the entire winter freighting with my dogs to the outlying creeks, and so was away from civilization most of the time. There was more money in it than in ordinary freighting to the mines, and the life suited me better. I had to camp out, but this was less difficult now than formerly, as by this time we all had tents and stoves." -- Arthur Treadwell Walden, ‘A Dog-Puncher on the Yukon’ (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1928)
The Beautiful Matanuska Valley includes chapters on Palmer, Wasilla, and other communities within the Valley, both still-existing and long-gone. Stories and photos of Knik, Sutton, Matanuska, Big Lake, Chickaloon and others tell the story of the founding, settling, and development of the area, while details about the Valley’s geography, geology, transportation, agriculture, mining, recreation, tourism, and history –... Continue Reading →