I’ll show these construction methods from oldest to newest. Some of these cabins were constructed before there was a sawmill in the area and some after. I think you can tell by looking at the cabins which were “before” and which were “after”.
This is another method from the same year. Our guide said that a man from Scandinavia brought this method to Alaska.
This one-room school served grades 1-8. Students had to go to Kenai to attend high school. Roads were scarce and paved roads were scarcer. Our guide lived about 10 miles outside of Soldotna when she was growing up. She had to hitch a ride with someone from the ever-present road construction crews to Soldotna, where she caught the school bus to Kenai to attend high school. It was the same routine in reverse after school. It made for some long days. Jerry is standing in front of the school holding the Alaska state flag with the Big Dipper and the North Star.
Several weeks ago when we were in Seward, we told you about Benny Benson, the 13 year old orphan who won the contest to design Alaska’s flag. Recently, someone in Anchorage found an old box that contained some of the other entries. Many of them had disintegrated, but some survived. These are some of the other entries. Do you see one that you like better than Benny’s?
This is an Alaskan food cache built in the 1940s. Originally it was about 15′ off the ground and would have been built well away from the family’s cabin. This is Damon Hall which served as a meeting hall and town recreation center.
These logs fit together with precision.