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    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Park History

Selected Documents and Reports

Crown Jewel of the North: An Administrative History of Denali

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

Volume II

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

Further Reading

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    Abbie Joseph (1893? - 1986)

    black and white image of man, woman and two kids in front of a log cabin

    Born in the late 1800s, Abbie Joseph lived until 1986. Interviews at the end of her life provide a window to the past, putting a personal touch to the traditional subsistence lifestyle Alaska Natives have lived for thousands of years, and which continues today. Read more

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    Going for the Gold in Kantishna

    black and white image of three men standing near a hydraulic pipe spewing water into a creek

    In 1903, when Judge James Wickersham attempted the first climb of Mount McKinley, the American public knew little about the region. Although unsuccessful in his expedition, he found a little gold along the way and staked four claims. Alaska, having experienced both major and minor gold rushes for the previous twenty years, was primed for another rush. By 1904, prospectors flocked to the region. Read more

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    Historic and Contemporary Ethnographic Landscapes of Denali National Park

    black and white image of ten adults and two kids near wooden buildings

    The land in and around Denali comprises part of the aboriginal homeland of five Northern Athabascan groupsDena’ina, Koyukon, Lower Tanana, Upper Kuskokwim, and Western Ahtna. The affiliation of five Alaska Native groups with one national park is unique and illustrates the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Denali area. Read more

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    Reclamation of Mined Lands in Kantishna

    shallow creek flowing through a rocky valley

    How to you restore a creek filled with debris and arsenic, legacies of gold mining from nearly a century ago? Find out with this review of the restoration of Denali's Caribou Creek. Read more

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    Science on the Slopes of Mount McKinley

    aerial view of a vast white mountain with numerous glaciers and smaller mountains

    Learn how scientists, as well as adventurers, made their mark in learning about North America’s highest peak and the conditions that prevail there. Read more

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