Blazing Alaska's Trails by Alfred H Brooks

By Alfred H Brooks

This is often the tale of early Alaska -- of the pioneers who driven their approach into the unknown reaches of this area and opened tips on how to everlasting payment -- as instructed by way of one of many state's most renowned trailblazers.

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B. Page vii Preface This book is the final literary work of Dr. Alfred Hulse Brooks, one of the great men in the history of Alaska, a man to whom the Territory owes enormous gratitude. In preparing the book for publication, I have attempted to follow one basic principle: to make as few changes as possible in Dr. Brooks' original manuscript. It has not, however, been possible to adhere unswervingly to this principle and thus simply to print the manuscript in the form in which it came to me. While no effort has been made to bring the material up to date, to alter statements of fact, to improve the accuracy of hypotheses presented, or to increase the effectiveness of the basic style, some changes, nevertheless, have been deemed necessary.

I have organized the 27 essays into chapters in what seemed to me the most satisfactory and logical arrangement on the basis of subject matter dealt with and the chronology of events presented. I have deleted a number of repetitions with the thought that one Page viii version of the same story or illustrative incident was sufficient; but since the individual essays, now the chapters of the book, are organized according to topics, strict chronology has not been possible and a certain amount of repetition, consequently, still exists, especially in those chapters dealing with historical material.

Its higher southern portion is marked by a great ice cap above which only the higher peaks are exposed. On the west the Kenai Mountains fall off to a relatively flat upland that slopes down to the shores of Cook Inlet. Near the western margin of these mountains there are a number of large picturesque mountain lakes, the largest of which is called Kenai Lake. The shore of this lake is skirted by the government railroad. The valley of the Matanuska River marks a broad depression separating the Chugach Mountains on the south from the Talkeetna Mountains on the north.

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