The Alaskan Syndicate completed the Copper River and Northwest Railway in 1911 and in order to transport the copper ore to the smelters, the Syndicate purchased Alaska Steam. Cordova’s wharf was one of only two in Alaska with a capacity for larger vessels. Passenger lists dominated by brawling glory seekers now consisted of men and women who were professional people, tourists and others from a prosperous layer of society. The Syndicate redesigned the steamships and arranged special excursions; featuring a railroad trip!
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.