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    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Park History


Selected Documents and Reports

Dichinanek' Hwt'ana - A History of the People of the Upper Kuskokwim who Live in Nikolai and Telida - Raymond L. Collins (PDF, 2.8mb)

A History of the Denali-Mount McKinley Region (pdf)

A History of the Kantishna Mining District

Land Use in the North Additions of Denali


Crown Jewel of the North: An Administrative History of Denali National Park and Preserve

The park administrative history is the definitive story of Denali National Park and Preserve. Published in two volumes (2006 for the first, 2008 for the second), they explore the circumstances surrounding the creation of this park; its early and modern management challenges; and the colorful characters who have called this area home.

The two volumes combined are 90 MB, and so they have been broken into the following sections for ease of use:

Volume 1

Front matter: Cover, table of contents, preface, etc
Chapter 1: The Roof of the Continent
Chapter 2: Charles Sheldon's Visit
Chapter 3: Park Management Begins, 1917-1924
Chapter 4: The Cabins-and-Snowshoes Era, 1925-1936
Chapter 5: A Diversified Federal Presence, 1937-1945
Chapter 6: Postwar McKinley, 1946-1956
Chapter 7: Rubber-Tired Tourism, 1957-1971
Chapter 8: New Highway Impacts and the Park Expansion Process, 1927-1980
End matter: Appendices and index to Volume I

Volume II

Front matter: Cover, table of contents, preface, etc.
Chapter 9: Managing the New Park and Preserve, 1981-1994
Chapter 10: Denali at the Cusp of the Millenium, 1995-Present
Chapter 11: Interpretive Issues; the Park from the Visitor's Point of View
Chapter 12: Natural and Cultural Resource Management
Chapter 13: A Century of Mountaineering
Chapter 14: Mining and Kantishna-Area Management
End matter: Appendices and index to Volume II

Volume I (complete, 10 mb)
Volume II (complete, 63 mb)

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