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Museum Memories: May 27

 There were two labor forces in the early Alaskan fishing industry — the fishermen and the cannery workers. Unfortunately, cannery work offered few opportunities for...

Museum Memories

Cordovans experienced something of a gold rush in 1913 when a placer strike in the Shushanna district attracted interest. The shortest and most feasible...

Look at this elegant holiday party taking place in Cordova circa 1930s. The wallpaper or mural is reason enough to delve deeper into this...

Museum Memories – Sept. 23, 2017

Construction of the Mile 13 runway began as part of a national program entitled DLAND (Developing of Landing Areas for National Defense). A loose...

Museum Memories

By the mid 1980s, the economy of Cordova was booming again as many of the fisheries took on a new life with improved methods...
In the early days of construction of the Copper River and Northwest Railway, the company property in Cordova included two office buildings, a hospital, two storehouses, one 11-stall roundhouse, one cinder pit barn, one galvanized iron warehouse and a general shop building which included a machine shop, paint shop, car shops and power plant. The equipment in the shops was adequate enough to service all the rolling stock used in the railroad operations and the large wharf adjoining the shop allowed for deliveries directly from barges to railroad cars. The company also provided housing by building a number of cabins along a street that became known as Railroad Row. These cabins were used by the superintendents and were all connected by a series of boardwalks to help avoid the muddy streets. The unmarried workmen were housed in large bunkhouses near the old cannery/headquarters site. Heney established a hospital in the old cannery buildings to serve the railroad crews. This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society housed within the museum. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Stop by to see our new exhibit in the Copper River Gallery, “Winter White” featuring all local artists.

Museum Memories: Dec. 16, 2017

In the early days of construction of the Copper River and Northwest Railway, the company property in Cordova included two office buildings, a hospital,...

Museum Memories

Here’s a photo from the archives that captures an early view of the City airport with some summertime strollers. The first plane landed in...

Museum Memories

When passing the Coast Guard Buoy tender the Sycamore, think of the vessels that came before her. A coastal town in the Alaskan Territory, Cordova has always...

Museum Memories

And on this day before Christmas Eve, we share a photo of a snowy Christmas Eve in Cordova circa 1920, looking as pretty as...

Museum Memories: Sept. 29, 2017

Everyone loves a parade! And a marching band is the perfect addition. This military band was most likely a part of the regiment from...

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