In this snow-covered post, somewhere in Alaska, dog teams perform tasks in country impassible to other forms of locomotion. They are kept by the Quartermaster Corps of the Army, for hauling food to snow-bound infantry units and locating and aiding fliers forced down in the wilderness. Three of the dog teams with their drivers are […]
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A view from Fourth Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska, looking east from near Barrow Street, after the 1964 Alaska Earthquake (also called the Great Alaskan Earthquake). The collapse of Fourth Avenue near C Street in Anchorage was due to a landslide caused by the earthquake. Before the shock, the sidewalk on the left was at street […]
Mug shot: A photograph of someone’s face especially one made for police records. The word ”mug shots” comes from the British slang word “mug” meaning “face.” In 1972, Steve McQueen was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska for drunk driving. The famed actor posted bail and left town. He was later convicted in absentia for reckless driving.
Not much is known about Eli Smith besides that he was born in Wisconsin around 1856. On November 14, 1905, he hitched up his dogsled and left Nome, Alaska. His destination was Washington, D.C. Armed with a letter from the Nome postmaster to the postmaster general in Washington, D.C., Smith set out on a journey […]
Photograph shows workers cutting the S.S. Portland out of Bering Sea ice off of Alaska around 1903. The S.S. Portland was a 191 foot wooden hull ship had an interesting history. Not only did it help to launch the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1890s, the S.S. Portland was a notorious smuggling ship for […]
In 1867 the United States, led by Secretary of State William Seward, purchased the Alaska territory from Russia. After controlling most of the area that is now Alaska from the late 1700s until 1867, Russia sold the territory for $7.2 million dollars. This equals out to roughly two cents per acre. The U.S. gained a new territory […]
Benny Benson, a 13-year-old from the small village of Chignik on the southern end of the Alaska Peninsula, designed the Alaskan state flag. In early 1926, Territorial Governor George Parks decided that the territory was in dire need of a flag. On a trip to the nation’s capital, Parks noticed all of the states had individualized flags […]