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Preliminary Guide to the Alaska Railroad Commission Photograph Collection
1914-1923



VM Collection No.: 495
Creator: Alaska Railroad Commission, creator
Title: Alaska Railroad Commission photograph collection
Date Span: 1914-1923
Quantity: 1220 photographic prints
Location: HC483 (boxes 1a and 1b)
K166 (boxes 2-3)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Scope and Content

Collection consists of 3 albums and loose photographs from the collection of Colonel Frederick Mears of Alaska railroad survey and construction carried out by the Alaskan Engineering Commission between the years 1914 and 1925. Col. Mears was appointed to the Alaskan Railroad Commission by President Taft in 1914 to survey routes for railroads in Alaska. Two albums (circa 1914) document the survey of the Anchorage-Iditarod-Innoko Route (Susitna-McGrath section) which follows the Susitna Valley to the confluence of the Skwentna and Yentna Rivers, the north bank of the Skwentna River and Happy River, to McGrath via the Kuskokwim River. This railroad line was apparently surveyed, but never built. The loose photographs document the construction what now is the Alaska Railroad (Seward-Anchorage-Fairbanks Route) from Seward, passing around Turnagain Arm across the Matanuska Valley, up the Susitna Valley, over Broad Pass and then along the Nenana River to Tanana, across the Tanana and then on to Fairbanks, 1915-1923.

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The collection is open to the public.

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Inventory

 
Box Date
Albums
"Alaska Engineering Commission. Kuskokwim Reconnaissance," J.L. McPherson, Reconnaissance Engineer.
3 albums
1aAlbum 1circa 1914
283 b/w photographs
Localities noted: Ship Creek (present day Anchorage), Knik, Little Susitna River, Yentha River/Valley, Willow Creek, Susitna River, Skwentna River/Valley, Rainy Pass, Happy River Valley, Pass Creek, Kuskokwim River, Teocalli Pass. Road houses noted: Swentna Road House, Anderson Road House. Also included: members of the expedition, camp sites, examples of vegetation, pack trains.
1bAlbum 2circa 1914
293 b/w photographs
Localities noted: Kuskokwim River, Houston Pass, Happy Valley, Simpson Pass, Moose Creek Valley, Tatina River Valley, Post River, Pitka Divide, Salmon River, Big River, McGrath, Tacotna River, Tacotna, Innoka Divide, Bonanza Creek Valley, Flat City, Iditarod Valley, Iditarod, Iditarod River, Indian village on Innoko River, Innoka River, Russian Mission, Yukon River, Marshall, Kotlik. Road houses noted: Rohn Road House, Salmon River Road House, Cloughs Road House, McLeans Road House, Moore Creek Road House. Also included: Pacer mining at "Discovery", rafting down rivers, pack trains, possible expedition members (Dexter, Blake, Nichols, Denny, Reed, Martindale, Chenery, Perry, Blake), Eskimo in kayak off Stebbins Point, Bering Sea.
2Album 31914
344 b/w photographs
Personal photograph album dated 1914. Images of unidentified expedition . Localities noted: Chulitna River, Broad Pass, Jack River, Nenana River, Chena, Tanana River, Delta River, Gulkana River, Copper River, Copper Centre, Mt. Wrangel. Also included: Reaburn's camp, expedition members, rafting freight, Mr. Gray's party, Coal seams at Healy Fork, S.S. General Jacobs taking wood, signal station at Richardson, Lt. Charles Mason, Alaska Road Commission's auto, Gulkana River bridge, Copper Centre Road House, Lt. Kunsig (Alaska Road Commission), Mr. Riggs and Lt. Mears at Copper Centre.

 
 
Box / Folder Date
U.S. Alaska Engineering Commission photographs1914-1922
Photographs of Alaska Railroad route survey and construction from the collection of Frederick Mears.
2/1Commission staff; route map; Christmas card1914-1922, undated
Photographer: Edward S. Curtis
Photographer: H.G. Kaiser
Photographer: A.J. Johnson
3 undated photographs of office staff headed by F. Mears, including C.L. Mason, Wm. Gerig, H.P. Warren, F. Hansen, B.H. Barndollar; 1 portrait of Alaska Engineering Commission (1914): F. Mears, W.C. Edes, Thomas Riggs; 1 photograph of map showing proposed railroad construction routes; 1 photographic Christmas card from Col. and Mrs. Mears.
2/2Railroad construction1914-1917
46 b/w photographs
Photographer: Sidney Lawrence
Photographer: A.J. Johnson
Photographer: H.G. Kaiser
Includes: Auction of lots at Nenana (1916), Turnagain Arm (1917), Ship Creek (Anchorage), First passenger train on standard gauge line (Sept. 2, 1917).
2/3 Railroad construction1918
18 photographs
Photographer: H.G. Kaiser
Includes: snowslides, washouts and floods.
2/4Railroad construction1919
42 photographs
Photographer: H.G. Kaiser
Includes: Nenana River, government railroad roundhouse (Anchorage), New dock (Anchorage?).
2/5 Railroad construction1920
11 photographs
Photographer: H.G. Kaiser
Includes: Freighting with caterpillar, snowslides, Turnagain Arm. Sec. of the Interior John Barton Payne, Sec. of the Navy Josephus Daniels and Rear Admiral Hugh Rodman on an inspection trip of the Government Railroad and coal fields, July 15, 1920.
2/6Railroad construction1921
30 photographs
Includes: Hurricane Gulch Bridge (First train over bridge), Chickaloon, Susitna Bridge.
2/7Railroad construction1922
19 photographs
Includes: Tanana River Bridge, Nenana.
2/8Construction of bridge1925
3 photographs
2/9Railroad constructionundated
46 photographs
2/10Miscellaneous Alaska1913-1917, undated
Photographer: H.G. Kaiser
1 photograph of Alaska Moving Picture Corp. railroad car, McKinley Park; 1 photograph of a battery of 50 steam points in operation 75 ft. underground, Center Creek, Nome, Alaska; 1 photograph of J. Johnson's racing team of Siberian wolf dogs;1 photograph of Bench no. 2 below Dry Creek, John Lutschinger, Nome; 1 photograph of S.P. Railway, Nome, Alaska; small railroad flatbed pulled by team of dogs; 1 photograph of Steamer Senator in the Nome road, June 15, 1914; steamer in ice floes; 2 photographs of Alaska brown bears; 1 photograph of dredging Bering Sea in winter; 1 photograph of Revenue cutter Bear and steamer Corwin in the ice (3 copies); 1 photograph of "The Stampeders;" 1 photograph of Chechacos first stampede, Nome, Alaska; 1 photograph of Darling and Allan team - winners of 5th Annual All Alaska Sweepstakes, Nome, 1913; dogsleds; 1 photograph of Alaska reindeer camp; 1 photograph of Alaska reindeer; 1 photograph of winners of Reindeer Race, Kougraruk, Alaska; 1 photograph of Anchorage sunset, 1917;1 photograph of winners of prizes at First Alaska Agricultural Fair, circa 1917;1 photograph of dogsled team.
2/11Eskimosundated
4 photographs
Photographer: H.G. Kaiser
1 photograph of Eskimo ivory carver; 1 photograph of Madonna of the North (Eskimo woman and child); 1 photograph of Diomede Island Eskimo; 1 photograph of Katesarina. (young Eskimo girl).
2/12Scenes in Fairbanks, Alaska1907-1913
8 photographs
Photographer: Weldon
1 photograph wild lilies, 1913; 1 photograph on the meadows Hinkley's dairy herd, circa 1911; 1 photograph "Good old summer time" (Two children with dogs in water); 1 photograph of oats, 1911. 1 photograph of sunrise at 1:30 a.m, June 22, 1911; 1 photograph of Alaska mid-night, Aug 14, 1907; 1 photograph "As the moon rose over the city"; 1 photograph of June sunset.
2/13Alaska scenesundated
14 photographs and photographic postcards
Unidentified Alaska scenery, Resurrection Bay, Healey River Coal Corporation Mines, Dead Horse Road House.

 
 
Box / Folder Date
Photographs by P.S. Hunt1915-1922
Photographer: P.S. Hunt
Photographs of U.S. Alaskan Engineering Commission showing Alaska Railroad route survey and construction from the collection of Frederick Mears.
3/1Numbers G2-G99 undated
54 photographs
Matanuska Junction, Eagle River Bridge, Eklutna River Bridge, Knik River Bridge, Moose Creek, river steamboat "Omineca" at Groto Landing, Susitna River
3/2Numbers G100-G300 1916
68 photographs
Talketna, Potter Creek, Turnagain Arm, Matanuska River, Mt. King, King River (town), Matanuska coal mine, Eska Creek Canyon
3/3Numbers G300-G5001917
68 photographs
Turnagain Arm, Wassila, Unloading freight from Panama from "S.S. Turret Crown" at Anchorage, "Sourdough" train
3/4Numbers G500-G700 circa 1917
40 photographs
Anchorage scenes, excursion of Anchorage baseball fans to Potter Creek, July 1917. Potter Creek baseball grounds. Talketna, Susitna River, Deadhorse, Wasilta townsite, Harmann Ranch, Weiss Ranch, Capt. F. Mears in private car.
3/5Numbers G700-G900undated
18 photographs
G.H. Saindons Ranch, Eska Creek coal mines, Pomer Station.
3/6Numbers G120--G4200undated
26 photographs
Spencer Glacier, Entrance to Portage Bay, Seward scenes, Alaska Central Railway Co.'s office and warehouses in Seward, Rainbow Creek, Knik, Ship Creek (Anchorage), Turnagain Arm, Glacier Valley
3/7J Series1914
49 photographs
Twenty Mile Flats, Spencer Glacier Flats, Kuskalana River Bridge, Baird Glacier Flats, Miles Glacier Bridge. Lieut. Mears private train standing at Chitina Depot, 1914. W.C. Edes getting his picture taken on S.S. Mariposa, Sept. 1914, Old Knik Roadhouse, Knik, Copper Creek Rapids, Chitna, Orca Inlet, Ship Creek (Anchorage), Turnagain Arm

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