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Museum Memories: Cordova’s WWII airfield

By the end of the 1930s, there were over 100 airfields in Alaska but only four adequate for modern aircraft. The Civil Aeronautics Act created an authority to regulate air traffic and in 1940 as World War II raged in Europe, Congress seriously considered its Alaskan defenses.

Museum Memories: Grit and determination

In the early 1940s, Cordova was experiencing growing pains. Luckily, Cordova built a strong foundation on the backs of gritty individuals with convictions determined to maintain a vibrant place in the history of Alaska.

Museum Memories: An act of civil disobedience

In 1993, fishermen blockaded Valdez Narrows, holding up 25 percent of the nation's domestic oil supply for three days.

Museum Memories: Memories of Copper Days gone by

A photo from the Cordova Historical Society archives gives us a glimpse of a Copper Day celebrated many decades ago.
Construction workers who helped build the Copper River and Northwestern Railway. Photo courtesy of the Cordova Historical Society

Museum Memories: Building the Million Dollar Bridge

Construction and operation of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway meant good work for many men, writes Cathy Sherman.
Photo courtesy of the Cordova Historical Society

Museum Memories: The younger years of the CoHo

The demolition of the Cordova Hotel and Bar got Cathy Sherman looking through the archives for photos of the building.

Museum Memories: Building the Kuskulana Bridge

The crossing of the Kuskulana River was a major challenge to the engineers of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, writes Cathy Sherman.

Museum Memories: Maude the mule digs her heels in

Cathy Sherman unearths the tale of Maude, an early Cordova resident who wasn't easily pushed around.

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Things began looking up for Cordova by the spring of 1963. The Copper River Highway was on the horizon, fishing was about to start, and sprits were high when sometime in the very early hours near 4 a.m. May 2, 1963, the fire started.

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LAW & ORDER: June 27-July 3

The following is a summary of incidences that occurred or were reported to the Cordova Police Department June 27 through July 3, 2022. Defendant(s) are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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