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Phinneas S. Hunt

American, 1866–1917

Anchorage, Alaska: Building the Alaskan Railroad, 1914-1917, 86 Vintage silver prints, 1914-1917.
Anchorage, Alaska: Building the Alaskan Railroad, 1914-1917, 86 Vintage silver prints, 1914-1917.
ReturnAnchorage, Alaska: Building the Alaskan Railroad, 1914-1917

Inventory number: 6232

Title: Anchorage, Alaska: Building the Alaskan Railroad, 1914-1917

Date: 1914-1917

Medium: 86 Vintage silver prints

Image size: 6.5 in (16.5 cm) high by 8.5 in (21.6 cm) wide

Description: This collection of 86 toned silver gelatin prints by P. S. Hunt include some of the earliest images of Anchorage. The photographs are captioned and annotated with Alaska Engineering Commission negative numbers in the negatives; most are signed by the photographer in the negative.Included are images of the A.E.C.’s numerous buildings, e.g. commissary, hospital, bunk house, machine shop, and the interior of the powder house; the landing and unloading of passengers and equipment; the Decoration Day Celebration of 1917, including the militia, and a baseball game at the new baseball park. A sub-group of photographs shows a number of outlying camps and dramatic explosions in preparation for railroad construction. In 1914, after two bankrupted attempts to build a railroad in Alaska, Congress authorized President Woodrow Wilson to “locate, construct and operate” a railroad from the Gulf of Alaska into the interior as far as Fairbanks. The Alaska Engineering Commission was formed to supervise construction, and the railroad construction port established at Ships Creek Landing quickly grew into the city of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Please contact us for more JPGs of images in the collection.

Price: $8,500

 

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