My Home Town

Wasilla: A Great Place Among the Lakes Whenever I visit my home town of Wasilla, what I see is the picture below from the 1950s. Of course, about the only things from this picture that I really see are the railroad depot, built in 1917, and the community hall built in...

History of the PFD

AN ECONOMIC BOOM IN THE LAST FRONTIER Alaska’s first decade of statehood was a bumpy one. Speckled with natural disasters including the Good Friday Earthquake (1964) and the Fairbanks Flood (1967), the Last Frontier was battling the elements and had limited economic...

Grandview Roadhouse

ADVENTURING TO THE REMAINS OF ALASKA NELLIE’S HISTORIC LODGE: I’ve never had much of a desire or need to visit foreign countries. Canada is the only one I’ve been to, and I love that country because certain parts are very similar to Alaska. At 62 years of age, I’ve...

Purchase of Alaska

*An excerpt taken from the author’s book, ‘Centennial – 100 Stories of Alaska,’ printed in 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska In 1967 Americans, and especially Alaskans, will celebrate the Alaska Purchase Centennial. Uncle Sam bought Alaska from Russia...

The Good Life

Jack Carson, a Sourdough Pioneer From Heinie Snider’s book Centennial – 100 Stories of Alaska, originally published in 1966 The sourdough pioneer may well be classified as a vanishing race. The world has become so small that distance is almost eliminated....

Growing Up In Hatcher Pass

Memories of my childhood From the May 2015 issue of Last Frontier Magazine Some might think growing up as the only child in a remote lodge in the Talkeetna Mountains would be a lonely experience—for me, it certainly was not. My childhood home was in the middle of one...

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