Hatcher Pass Lodge
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... br> The midway has all the typical rides that you would expect to see at a state fair. One of the most popular was a sling shot ride that propelled a seat of 4-5 riders a couple hundred feet in the air on bungee cords. That thing was busy!
We walk back to the car and get our director's chairs and make our way to the Aurora Theater where Garrison will do his show. We stand in line for 15 minutes before ...
... interest sparked financiers to consider constructing the Alaska Central Railroad in 1904. The advent of World War I created a need for high quality coal to fuel U.S. battleships, and by 1917 the US Navy had constructed rail from the port of Seward to the Chickaloon coal deposits. At the end of WWI, the U.S. Navy distributed land in the coal fields to war veterans and ...
... org SEE http://557.alaskarails.org/history/inde x.html SEE Photos: Restoring Alaska Railroad's Locomotive 557
-The Alaska Railroad's last operating steam engine was Locomotive Number 557. The s-160 class Consolidation 2-8-0 locomotives built for the United States Army Transportation Corp. between 1942 and 1945, became the largest single class of ...
... the visitor center. Kaeleb inspects each rock and provides details on its type, shape and properties.
We climb the gravel switchbacks up to the mine entrance. The boys hunt for rocks in the slag. A rusty mine train, several carts long greets us at the top. Its hinges creak as Julian pulls the handle. David helps Julian in one and Kaeleb eagerly climbs aboard. The cart rocks back and forth, much to Julian's chagrin and Kaeleb's excitement.
... houses, they built orderly rows of tents along the railroad. But even the tents were not ready in time for all the families, meaning that some families had to double up in the tents for a time. On May 23rd, the colony men were lined up to draw a number from a cardboard box that would designate the 40 (or 80)-acre tract of land that would be theirs to farm. Many were disappointed by the appearance of their tract covered in forestland and ...