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From the National Park Service in the Northeast

Mary A. Bomar
Regional Director

 

 

Alaska Regional Winners

 

1st Place Winner

Photo:  Amalik Bay

Amalik Bay Archaeological District
Archeologists camped out over-looking Takli Island in Amalik Bay, Katmai National Park and Preserve

Katmai National Park and Preserve
King Salmon, Alaska
Photographed by NPS Park Staff

Alaska's newest designated NHL includes 28 prehistoric sites clustered in an 8,300-acre wilderness area of islands and coastal waters in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The Amalik Bay district preserves evidence of almost 8,000 years of human occupation in southwest Alaska, and includes the oldest recorded site along the Katmai coastline. Amalik Bay was a gateway for the widespread exchange of ideas and technological innovations, including ground-slate tools and Norton-style pottery, hallmarks in the development of coastal Eskimo economies across the far northern reaches of the continent.

For more information, visit the Katmai National Park and Preserve website.

 

2nd Place Winner

Photo:  Kennecott Mines

Kennecott Mines
Machine parts (pulleys, sheaves, flywheels) under the Machine Shop used during the early mill operations.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
North Bank, National Creek, east of Kennecott Glacier, Kennecott, Alaska

Photographed by Bill Heubner

One of the largest copper mines in the nation, Kennecott contained some of the country's highest-grade ore deposits. Still remaining at the foot of Bonanza Ridge is a phenomenal industrial complex, little changed since it closed in 1938. Representative of mining processes of the era, the camp contains the powerhouse, tramway station, bunkhouses, and commissary, all dominated by a 14-story concentration mill.

For more information about Kennecott Mines, visit the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve website

3rd Place Winner

Photo:  North Wall of Kennecott Mill

Kennecott Mines
This image is a view of the north wall of the Kennecott mill and concentrator building.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
North Bank, National Creek, east of Kennecott Glacier, Kennecott, Alaska

Photographed by Karen Battle

One of the largest copper mines in the nation, Kennecott contained some of the country's highest-grade ore deposits. Still remaining at the foot of Bonanza Ridge is a phenomenal industrial complex, little changed since it closed in 1938. Representative of mining processes of the era, the camp contains the powerhouse, tramway station, bunkhouses, and commissary, all dominated by a 14-story concentration mill. The world's first successful ammonia-leaching plant, greatly increasing the amount of recoverable copper ore, went into operation here in 1916.

For more information about Kennecott Mines, visit the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve website

Honorable Mention

Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base and Fort Mears, U.S. Army
WWII Battery Command Station within Fort Schwatka on Mount Ballyhoo, Amaknak Island with the Bering Sea in the background.

Aleutian World War II National Historic Area.
Unalaska, Alaska
Photographed by Paula Sutton

This complex was the farthest west of the navy's Alaska bases when the Japanese attacked the Aleutians in 1942. It was bombed for two days in the most serious air attack on North American territory during World War II. These bases were an important part of coastal defenses throughout the war. Today, the Dutch Harbor NHL is part of the Aleutian World War II National Historic Area, an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service.

For more information visit the Aleutian World War II National Historic Area website at http://www.nps.gov/aleu/

 

Last Updated:
9/19/2005