The collection includes photos of people, activities and structures associated with the earliest days of establishment of the Matanuska Colony Project in the Matanuska Valley, Alaska.
Colony Barn Under Construction 3
Hewitts Photo Shop
A typical Matanuska Colony barn is under construction and almost complete. Scaffolding is still in place and roofing paper is yet to be applied.
Image is a front and left side view of a typical Matanuska Colony barn under construction and almost completed. Scaffolding is still in place and roofing paper is yet to be applied.
Matanuska Valley, Alaska
Lake George 3
Hewitts Photo Shop
A late summer aerial oblique view showing part of the face of Knik Glacier at left, the "Terminal Moraine" indicating the extent of past glacier movement to the right which blocked drainage of water in the valley beyond to form "Lake George". By late summer the lake would erode the ice and violently empty, flooding Kinik River below.
Image is an aerial oblique view of Knik Glacier's terminal moraine marking the extent of seasonal advance of Knik Glacier seen at left. For many years, when the glacier was more active, it would advance to the mountain at right, damming outflow of melt water in the valley beyond and creating "Lake George". By late summer the lake would fill and erode a channel past the ice and then violently empty, flooding the Knik River below.
Knik Glacier near Palmer, Alaska
Matanuska Colony surveyor, Anton Anderson, stands with his crew in front of the Engineer's Headquarters tent in Palmer. Men are identified from left to right as: Bill Cook, Bob Abernathy, Anton Anderson (Chief Engineer), Oliver Kola, not identified, and Jack O'Malley.
Anton Anderson and his crew that surveyed the layout of the Matanuska Colony infrastructure in Palmer stand in front of the Engineer's headquarters tent with their survey equipment.