The Historian for Gates of the Arctic conducts research to rediscover stories of human activities in the Central Brooks Range - from the first Euro-American explorers to the more recent past. Listed below are just a few of the intriguing tales that help to illuminate the historic past of Gates of the Arctic.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, rangers and sled dogs ventured into the arctic winter to improve the wilderness character of a northern section of Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve by removing decades old fuel barrels left from military exploration.
During the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 many stampeders arrived too late and turned instead to Alaskan rivers like the Koyukuk and Alatna. This is the story of the photographer Jasper Wyman and a group from Illinois that traveled to the Brooks Range foothills in search of gold. Read More...
A brief history of the first road through the Brooks Range to the Arctic Slope oilfields. Read More...
The story of a 1924 USGS expedition through the Brooks Range to Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 4. Read More...
Inspired by wilderness advocate Bob Marshall, NPS planners pushed for a national park that protected the natural splendor of the central Brooks Range. Read more. . .
If some of these stories have piqued your interest, check out our Suggested Reading List.
Last updated: December 3, 2015