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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.
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.
In 1993, fishermen blockaded Valdez Narrows, holding up 25 percent of the nation's domestic oil supply for three days.
A photo from the Cordova Historical Society archives gives us a glimpse of a Copper Day celebrated many decades ago.
Construction and operation of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway meant good work for many men, writes Cathy Sherman.
The demolition of the Cordova Hotel and Bar got Cathy Sherman looking through the archives for photos of the building.
The crossing of the Kuskulana River was a major challenge to the engineers of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, writes Cathy Sherman.
Cathy Sherman unearths the tale of Maude, an early Cordova resident who wasn't easily pushed around.
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.