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Follow the leader?

On the Chena River, downtown Fairbanks, in another century

I’m not sure which I find odder: The people skating on the river, or the people on the bridge watching the skaters on the river.

Times have certainly changed.


Cushman Street

Cushman Street, downtown Fairbanks, circa 1930’s; Photo from Alaska Digital Archives


Six months apart

July 1952 and January 1953 – Downtown Fairbanks, Alaska


Moving snow

An undated photo from the Alaska Digital Archives of an Alaska Railroad rotary snowplow.

Hockeyland

Friday Night Lights on ice:

I recently saw the documentary, Hockeytown. This very raw film, follows two high school hockey teams in Northern Minnesota during the 2019-2020 season. Two rivals on very separate paths: Eveleth is the iconic Iron Range town, home of the U.S Hockey Hall of Fame. Both the town and the hockey team are long past their prime years. Hermantown is on the rise, gaining both population and championships.

All the pressure, pride, excitement and disappointment in playing Minnesota’s state sport at the high school level is laid out bare in this very well done documentary.

Texas has football; Indiana has basketball; Minnesota has hockey.


Happy Winter Solstice

Photo from the Alaska Digital Archives; Photo credit: P.S. Hunt

The above photo was taken at noon of the Winter Solstice in ’98, as in 1898. P.S. Hunt arrived in Alaska that summer from San Jose, California. It would appear that Hunt named the cabin after his previous hometown.


Way to go Chicken!!

The Chicken, Alaska weather station continues to impress. -63F is the coldest I have ever experienced in Fairbanks.

It was -41F at the cabin on Tuesday morning.


Mail Run

The Tanana to Nome, Alaska mail run; circa 1914

Ethel LeCount Photo Album

Photos by Ethel LeCount:

A black bear peers into the Erie Mine Bunkhouse, Kennecott Mines, circa late 1930’s

Ethel LeCount was a nurse at the Kennecott Hospital at the Kennecott Mill Town in 1937-1938. LeCount shot many rolls of film during her stay out at the old copper mine. The National Park Service has posted some of them online, under the banner: “Ethel LeCount Historical Photo”s on the Wrangell-St-Elias website.

Kennecott by Moonlight

A link to the album is below:

https://www.nps.gov/media/photo/gallery.htm?pg=858465&id=3CD7A309-1DD8-B71C-0718429D9FBE52EB


“Aurora Chaser”

This is a brilliant, short film by Vincent Ledvina of the Aurora Borealis in Churchill, Manitoba. He has some incredible footage on his youtube channel of the Aurora in Alaska, as well.

I recently came across his photography, because of the above time lapse video, and I thought I’d share his work here on Circle to Circle.

Even after all the years I’ve spent in the North, the Northern Lights never fail to stop me in my tracks. Looking at these images, I think it’s pretty easy to see why.

Don’t forget to look up.


Happy Halloween