Museum Memories

This photo is from the Cordova Historical Society collection held in the museum.

Cordovans have, for many years, been traveling “out-the-road.” It’s just the mode of transportation that’s changed! This lovely young couple seems to be heading out for an excursion and picnic on a speeder.

With the opening of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway to traffic, excursions to the glacier bridge became extremely popular. Sometimes tourists were treated to unexpected drama on the footbridge, which had been built for access during construction. A description from the book The Copper Spike follows:

“It was quite a contraption, that catwalk. It was stretched across on a couple of cables, and that old Copper River wind would blow until even the rocks weighing it down didn’t help much. There were just a few plans crosswise between the cables, that’s all there was. Lots of men walked across the catwalk all the time. Some places you could hang on because the cable was high enough, but in other places it dipped too low, and you were just out there with the wind and the help of God.”

This photo is from the Cordova Historical Society collection held in the museum.