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The Pupmobile

A dog team pulling a pupmobile on the Seward Peninsula; Library of Congress

Mostly used out of Nome on the Seward Peninsula, the pupmobile, was a small railroad car that was pulled by a team of dogs. It was common practice in the first 2-3 decades of the 1900’s, as most of the railroad tracks had been abandoned, and sled dogs were the main mode of transportation.


Not all that glitters in Alaska is gold

This 5495 pound copper nugget was uncovered near Dan Creek, in the Wrangell Mountains, during placer mining activities in 1936.

Copper ore was originally discovered in a lode at the mouth of Dan Creek in July of 1899. The Nikolai Mine was founded the next year. The Bonanza ore body was discovered in August of 1900.

Jade is the official gem stone of Alaska. This 3550 pound jade boulder was found near the Kobuk River. Some jade boulders have been found within the state weighing upwards of two tons. Jade Mountain, on the Seward Peninsula, is an entire mountain of jade.


Green jade from Jade Mountain

At the 450 foot level on the West Wall of the Washington Monument, is a stone from the State of Alaska, honoring George Washington. Inserted into the wall on February 22, 1982, the two foot by three foot stone is made out of jade from Jade Mountain.