This country is sooo darn neat, chock full of history, it just surfaces right out the ground!
just across the street the home owner was standing in his drive way B.S. ing and was toweing some dirt and unearthed a bone, which was connected to a skeleton of somebody that was murderd 130 years ago with the arrow still in his back, his grave sight was right in ole Tom monson's yard.
this area is also described in a few books Fifty Years Below Zero: A Lifetime of Adventure in the Far North
: by Charles D. Brower Fifty Years Below Zero
is an engrossing account by Charles Brower, the "King of the Arctic," of his life in the north. Brower shares his knowledge of whaling, pioneering, and Alaska Native life and customs before statehood, chronicling a period of important and rapid change in Alaska history with insight and humor. His story is also full of high adventure and rich with details about the many visitors who became his friends--explorers, whalers, traders, and missionaries. Alaska's Wolf Man
: The 1915-55 Wilderness Adventures of Frank Glaser
This is a great journal of a man living in the wilderness, doing predator control in Alaska in the early 1900s. His observations on the wildlife in general and wolves in particular are excellent. His real life stories paint a clear picture of true wolf behavior that often contrasts with today's romanticizing of the animal. If you are interested in animal damage control trapping, early Alaska or just good observations on wolves and their prey from someone who spent a lot of time with them, this book will entertain and educate you. I highly recommend it. The Firecracker Boys
: Dan O'Neill In 1958, Edward Heller, father of the H-bomb, unveiled his plan to detonate six nuclear bombs off the Alaskan coast to create a new harbor. However, the plan was blocked by a handful of Eskimos and biologists
Flowers in the Snow the Life of Isobel Wylie Hutchison
When 12 more ships were stranded north of Barrow
in 1897-1898, ...
commissioned a reindeer drive
of 400 animals from Nome to Barrow When the Civil War came to Alaska Alaska History and Cultural Studies - Northwest and Arctic - 1871-1897 ARCTIC EXPLORATIONS
It was the last hurrah of whaling—the place where commercial whaling died in the U.S.,” said Brad Barr, a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in Woods Hole, Mass
Aside from being the setting for the last shots of the Civil War fired from Confederate cannons, the waters off Alaska were the site of 32 whaling ships trapped and destroyed by sea ice in 1871. When 12 more ships were stranded north of Barrow in 1897-1898, officials with the U.S. government commissioned a reindeer drive of 400 animals from Nome to Barrow as food for the stranded whalers, which turned out not to be needed.
“There are all of these compelling stories of heroes and villains and survival,” Barr said. “Like the 32 ships trapped in the ice in 1871. Twelve-hundred-and-sixteen people had to abandon ship and drag their (smaller) whaleboats across the ice. They were rescued by seven ships that weren’t caught in the ice, and brought to Honolulu.”
Somewhere on the sea floor off western and northern Alaska are the waterlogged remains of those days long ago.
“We’ve identified 160 ships lost or abandoned from 1848 to 1914,” Barr said. “For the most part, nobody’s been able to find them, mostly due to operational difficulties in the Chukchi and Beaufort (seas).” Otto von Kotzebue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kotzebue Sound and
K-Town aka OTZ Cape Krusenstern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cape Krusenstern Adelbert von Chamisso - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
as in Chamisso Island http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamisso_Island
Chamisso Island is a small island in Kotzebue Sound, Alaska. It is located off Spafarief Bay at the mouth of Eschscholtz Bay, just south of the Choris Peninsula. Thanks to Theodore Roosevelt, Chamisso Island has been a Natural Reserve since December 7, 1912 Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eschscholtz Bay http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?128292-Of-History-desserted-Islands-and-caribou-in-the-Arctic
There I first found the hole, where they had buried a keg of flour and a tin box of trade beads for Frankiln, just as the map showed.
This was dug up in 1849 buy T.E.L. Moore, with the HMS Plover, who over winter'd in Kotzebue Sound awaiting Franklin on his third and tragic try for the "Northwest Passage" through the Arctic.He found the flour buried there "Fresh" and comsumed it, but left this hole in the ground.....
Then I found the grave of Sgt. Woolford, who died in 1827....
I didnt get a clear picture, but I wasnt gonna scrape the lichens off either. I made out enough of his name to know I was right.Its right in the middle of a thicket, but right where capt.Beechy's map show'd
Next I went atop of the Island, where the ship Logs were posted, from Franklin seekers , Von Kotzebue hisself, and various Russian survayers and had they been there (they were removed in 1909 by an Austrailian, and sold to a museum in Seattle)The thing was to leave messages in bottles 10 Ft from the post due magnetic North....no point in tearing up the ground, since I wasnt so sure exactly "Where" they were planted......though I did find woods with old inscriptions, like "D 02" and "Auche" and several unreadable inscriptions as well as a friend of mine, Jerry M''' from sept 1964~~LOL!!~~
So it all came out OK...
I do have a fix on the 100ft.+ 3'X3' OAK keel timber of the whaling sloop "Louisiana" that struck shoal off Chamisso Island, and was burned by its crew when the Confederate Raider "Shenandoah" chased her into Kotzebue Sound in 1865, while burning/destroying the Yankee Whaling fleet in the Bering sea/Chukchi sea. CSS Shenandoah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On June 27, 1865, he learned, from a prize Susan & Abigail
, of General Robert E. Lee
's surrender when her captain produced a San Francisco newspaper reporting the flight from Richmond, Virginia
, of the Confederate Government 10 weeks previously. The same paper contained Confederate President Jefferson Davis
's proclamation, after Lee's surrender, that the "war would be carried on with re-newed vigor." He then proceeded to capture 10 more whalers in the space of 7 hours in the waters just below the Arctic Circle
. It was not until August 2 that Shenandoah
learned of the final Confederate collapse when she encountered the British barque Barracouta
. Among the devastating news was surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston
and his various armies (April 26), Kirby Smith
's, (May 26) and Magruder's armies and, crucially, the capture of Mr. Davis and a part of his cabinet. Captain Waddell then disarmed the ship and proceeded back to surrender at Liverpool.
On 23 June 1865 the CSS Shenandoah persued 3 wailers that tried to find shelter behind Chamisso Island the wailing sloop Louisiana" ran aground and the crew set her ablaze instead of letting her fall into the clutches of the Commerce Raider. as stated in a old book I'd found by the US Buearu of Mines study that mapped coastal ship wrecks from the late 1650's up till the early 1930's. their being 21 ship wrecks between Point Hope and Shishmaref Alaska. Shishmaref was named in 1821 by explorer Lt. Otto von Kotzebue, of the Imperial Russian Navy, after Capt. Lt. Gleb Shishmaryov who accompanied him on his exploration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_Point_(Alaska
) located in Eschscholtz Bay
This area and Gold exploration
The Town of Candle on Candle Creek once sported a News Paper and Hospital. Alaska History and Cultural Studies - Northwest and Arctic - 1897-1920 GOLD [www.cityofkotzebue.com] City of Kotzebue Historical Photographs of Kotzebue Alaska