NPS photo taken by Richard Proenneke and donated by Raymond Proenneke
Cabin at Twin Lakes
Now the centerpiece of a National Register Historic Site, Richard Proenneke built his cabin from 1967 - 1968.
Richard Proenneke is an example of self-reliance and independence. Only a person of extraordinary energy could have lived the life he chose. Despite his remote location, he maintained many friendships and wrote back to anyone who sent him a letter. He saw his correspondence, films and journals as a way to share a life untethered to the commercial world. Though fiercely independent, he was not a hermit.
Dick's book One Man's Wilderness and video 'Alone in the Wilderness' give a complete account of his first year at Twin Lakes. His journals form the basis of several other books and videos:
You can purchase these books and videos through our non-profit partner, Alaska Geographic.