Cordova began creating its warm, friendly image in this era celebrating holidays like the fourth of July with parades and pie-eating contests, holding dances with the Coast Guard crews, and even by playing America’s favorite past time – baseball. Local merchants, the railroad workers and miners all made up various teams and even travelled to Valdez to play.
The first baseball field was created in the very early 1900s and was within site of the railroad depot and local sawmill. Adjacent to the waterfront, the field included a grandstand to hold the well-dressed audience and a lovely picket fence. Today, children and adults play in nearly the same location.
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.