The U.S. government's presence on the Seward Peninsula goes back to the establishment of Fort Davis in 1900. Over the years, the government has sent employees to remote areas of the preserve for various purposes such as building shelter cabins and watching weather stations, each of whom interacted with the preserve in their own unique way.


Cottonwood Cabin

In the early 1900s, the Seward Peninsula was undergoing sharp growing pains brought
on by the flood of people traveling to the peninsula because of gold mining. By the end
of July 1900, more than twenty thousand people had arrived in Nome. Read more


Lava Lake Weather Station

Lava Lake sits in the shadow of the massive 100,000 acres Imuruk Lava Beds in the
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Lava Lake gained its name from the Army Air
Corps crew members who manned a weather station near the lake in 1945. Read more


The Clobbered Turkey Plane Crash

The crew of the Clobbered Turkey never expected to find themselves spending
Christmas huddled together awaiting rescue in a makeshift shelter constructed
from pieces of their own plane. However, that was their situation when they
crashed in the current boundaries of the preserve in 1947. Read more

Last updated: December 11, 2015

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