The Life and Times of John W. Clark of Nushagak, Alaska, 1846-1896

Book cover for The Life and Times of John W. Clark of Nushagak, Alaska 1486-1896 featuring a watercolor painting of a lake and hills, with a small black and white inset photo of a man from the late 1800s.

"Eureka . . . spread out before us, was the great white expanse of Lake Clark. For so I named this beautiful expanse of water, in honor of my traveling companion. Clark and I shook hands in mutual congratulations, and our boys formed a smiling group in spite of their sore trials." -A.B. Schanz, 1891

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Earliest known photograph of John W. Clark, circa 1870.
The earliest known photograph of John W. Clark, circa 1870.

Photo courtesy of Mr & Mrs Dennis Herrmann and Mr & Mrs Herman Herrmann, Jr.

Summary
Despite having Lake Clark, Lake Clark Pass, and Clark's Point named after him, John W. Clark remained an enigma for over a century, seemingly lost to the annuls of time. Now for the first time, park historian John Branson sheds light on the park's namesake in this biography of a pioneer of nineteenth century western Alaska.

Though his early years remain largely obscure, his adult life offers a fascinating glimpse into nineteenth century Alaska as it emerged from the control of Russia and became part of the United States. Clark was a participant of many important enterprises in western Alaska, beginning by at least the summer of 1866 in St. Michael. He was one of the first permanent Euroamerican residents of Alaska, the first permanent English-speaking resident in the Bristol Bay region, and one of the very first resident "snow-birds" of Alaska.

Publication Details
Author: John Branson, historian for Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
Publisher: National Park Service
1st Edition: 2012

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