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...

Booty Road Part II

Walking the Iditarod Trail, the long journey to Nome As you may recall from the first part of my story , I was walking to Nome following the Iditarod Trail with a goal to raise money for a friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Richard Redford didn’t have...

Little Known F-89 Crash in Wasilla

Few Alaskans are aware that an Air Force jet fighter once crashed in a recently harvested potato field at mile 3.2 of Fairview Loop Road near Wasilla. The tragic crash occurred 65 years ago on a clear, cool, fall day. The trees were bare and earlier that week a light...

The Percy John Blatchford Story

An Alaskan Legend and Hero It’s said that some of the strongest people on earth are the quietest. This holds true for men and women alike where physical and mental strength is concerned. Many such folks walk amongst us totally unnoticed. They do not seek special...

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