On March 27 of every year, I pause to ponder the impact of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake on the Copper River Delta. Prior to the 9-foot uplift caused by that 9.2 magnitude event, much of the Delta was a broad intertidal plain.
How many chairlifts would you guess there are in the United States? Well, Peter Landsman, a lift supervisor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, in Wyoming, recently completed a 22-year quest to ride, photograph, and document every one of them. While discovering the magic number was 2,381, the one he tagged as most challenging to document is right out our backdoor.
Cordovans are famous for their generous help to those in need. A recent PBS TV News Special Report described another group of small-town people that are doing something special for those devastated by unforeseen events.
At the end of Part II of this saga, we had made it back to the Alaganik landing from our cabin at Pete Dahl, only to discover the Copper River Highway had washed out near the Sheridan River Bridge. There were no cell phones in 1966, so we were stranded and out of touch.
In September 1966, with abundant sunshine and a brushless Copper River Delta in the background, my wife-to-be Sue was all smiles after a two-hour cruise/hike to our duck cabin at Pete Dahl. Photo courtesy of Dick Shellhorn
The Alaganik Landing road was built shortly after the 1964 Good Friday earthquake to provide tidal access to Alaganik Slough, which was now 9-feet shallower due to the uplift caused by that major geological event.
The U.S. Forest Service is planning major improvements for the Eyak River Boating site, which is located on the east banks of the Eyak River near Milepost 6 of the Copper River Highway.
Mark Twain is credited with sending a lengthy letter to a colleague that ended with “If I had more time, I would have written less.” Yet less is not more when bidding farewell to someone as beloved as Tom Simpler, who passed away at age 80 on Jan. 9.
Basketball referee Jerry Bendsak of Cordova recalls the game he couldn't blow the whistle once: “And my mouth starts to dry up. I start to get cotton mouth. The game is getting ready to start."
Sitting on a flat bed at the local Alaska Marine Land yard is a massive reel containing 7,000 feet of Fatzer rope that weighs over six tons. It’s long journey to Cordova began all the way back in Switzerland, with it eventually arriving in the Port of Tacoma before being shipped here via AML.