Day 126 - Hyder, Alaska

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Bear View RV Park and Campground

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Today we had a nice breakfast prepared by the Wagon Masters and then we were off in different directions.  One group left after the meal and headed up to the Glacier that you saw yesterday only they went another 20 or miles past that!  I didn't get to see their photos, but picture yourselves directly behind the glacier that I showed you and looking down that long stretch of ice! Amazing.  They also said that they could view another 5 or 6 from that vantage point.

I ended up having lunch with two other gals and then we did a bit of shopping and spoke with a wonderful lady from Scotland who has been here for 18 years - so many stories like that of people coming to visit and ending up staying.  

In the afternoon we took a tour (the whole group) with a lady from the Museum and she took us on a 2 1/2 hour tour of Stewart - It's not THAT big!!  She pointed out all the old building and the history of them - it was nice - but a bit long in the tooth and it was probably the hottest sunniest day we have had, and we were all wilted by the end of it.

History Lesson Time folks:  The body of water that Stewart sits on is called the Portland Canal. Back in 1793 a Captain named Vancouver discovered this area.  Nothing was done with it until 1898 When an American named Burgess swindled 65 people into going to the head of the canal, claiming that it was a short cut to the Klondike Gold Fields.  When the people woke up the next morning, both the Captain and the ship were gone and they were left to their own devices.  It was over 600 miles to the Klondike!  Only three out of that group decided to go for the gold (not the olympic kind).  Their names were D. J. Rainey (Roosevelt Mine) and "Pop" Stewart and Ward Brightwell (the American Girl Mine).  Luckily for these three men, they didn't try to go to the Klondike, but mined in the area and were successful.  All three names you see street names, company names, or they became political figures in the community.

**  Sorry, yesterday's snowfall amount was in FEET not inches, but I bet you figured that out on your own.
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Pamela on

Interesting little town. Thanks for the great photos and narrative.

Caroline Jenkins on

Still enjoying your journey through your interesting photos and excellent narrative.

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