Creator
Red Bunting
Time Period
1936-1950
Entries
19

Bunting Collection

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About the​​​ 
Bunting Collection

"Red" Bunting is a long-time resident of the Matanuska Valley who spent some winter months in Arizona. While visiting a flea market there one day he came upon a vendor offering old photos for sale. Red recognized one album as filled with photos of the Palmer area. Though the vendor had no information about the photos, who took them or how they happened to be so far from home, Red purchased the album and gave a collection of seventy seven photos from the album to the Museum.

Image is a summer view of a log cabin with sod roof, high grass surrounds it with a pile of wood on the left, heavy birch forest is behind.  This cabin was located east of Palmer past the Matanuska River bridge on the north side of the highway.
Image is a winter view of a log cabin with sod roof, a pile of logs and wood are beside the cabin, birch trees behind and snow-clad mountains are behind.  The prominent mountain in the view has been variously called “the Matterhorn”, Buyer’s Peak, Pilot Peak and Matanuska Peak.
Image is of a log trapper’s cache.
Image is of the old log Russian Orthodox Church at Eklutna.  Scattered trees are visible, other buildings are partially visible beyond the church as are snow-clad mountains.
View is of a Colony farmstead, identified as that of Colonists Walter & Melva Pippel on tract #106. Open fields planted with various vegetables are prominent in foreground with the farmstead house and barn in middle ground. A touring car is prominent on the road passing through the property in the middle ground. Rooftops of the adjacent farmstead's barn and house are visible beyond. Trees border fields in middle and background with Talkeetna Mountains in far background.
Image shows a view to the East looking across Echo Lake with trees in foreground, a roadway on the right and around the right side of the lake. An automobile is visible on the road in middle ground. Mountains are in background, including the top of Bodenburg Butte and part of Pioneer Peak.
Image shows a winter view of a log building approximately 15' x 30' in size with snow piled around it. A woman in an apron stands in the open doorway smoking a cigarette. A large sign on the exterior gable end wall reads: "EUREKA ROAD HOUSE MEALS LUNCHES OIL-GAS". A smaller sign on the wall between the door and window advertises "Rainier Pale Special Export Beer". Two chimney pipes are visible as is a tall antenna pole and wire. Another building (tent?) is partially visible to the side. Snow covered hills and evergreen trees are apparent in background.
Image is a fall westerly view across the lower fields of the Experiment Farm showing a small house and greenhouse at the base of the hill and shocks of grain in the fields.  Trunk Road is evident as it ascends the hill and a small building is evident in the field on the top bench.  Heavy forest boarders the fields in background.
Image is an easterly view of the Matanuska/Wasilla road leading past fields to the Experiment Farm complex.  The barns and houses are at center middle ground and a small house and greenhouse are evident at the base of the hill to the right. Heavy forest is behind the complex and mountains are in the background under cloudy skies.
Image is a southerly view of a two-story log house in center middle ground with another building at right.  A single lane road is in foreground with wood posts and hog wire fence on both sides.  Stump piles are visible at left.  Snow-clad mountains are in background.
Image is a northerly view of a hay field with many haystacks in foreground and middle ground.  A house and other buildings are visible in far middle ground.  Heavy forest surround the field with Talkeetna Mountains in the background.
Image is an easterly view of a wheat field being harvested with a Cat tractor and grain binder.  A partially harvested field with bundles on the ground is prominent.  A fenced road and electric line is at left and a farmstead with a Colony barn and other buildings is visible in far middle ground.  Snow-clad mountains are in background.
Image shows several men threshing grain.  Two men at right unload a truck into the threshing machine.  One man in center tends the sack receiving the grain while the machine boom above blows the straw onto a large pile at left.  A mixed forest forms the backdrop.
Image shows a shot-rock road, identified as Glenn Highway, with a steep rock cliff at the right and the Matanuska River running parallel at the left.  A conical-shaped snow-clad mountain, identified as King Mountain, is prominent in middle ground with heavily forested foothills.  Other snow-clad mountains are visible in background.
Image is a southeasterly view from Bailey Hill, north of Palmer, toward the Knik River valley.  The Knik Glacier is visible in the background with mountains on both sides.  Middle ground is heavy forest.  In foreground is a small field and a road section showing the curve in alignment necessary to ascend Bailey Hill, ultimately arriving at the point from which this photo was taken.  This was the only point on the road providing this expansive view of the Valley, thus the local name “Inspiration Point”, and a popular stop for photographs. The road, which ultimately became Glenn Highway, was later straightened to cut through Bailey Hill, eliminating this section.  A horse is apparent in foreground.
Image is of a man carrying a tripod and movie camera standing in front of a large iceberg on the shore of a lake, identified as Lake George in the Knik River valley.  Other icebergs are visible in the lake beyond with mountains in background.  The photo was taken while the lake was full of water, prior to its summer break-out through the Knik Glacier.  This glacial lake outburst flood, or “jokulhlaup”, occurred annually until 1967.
Image is of a man carrying a tripod and movie camera standing in front of a large iceberg on the shore of a lake, identified as Lake George in the Knik River valley.  Other icebergs are visible in the lake beyond with mountains in background.  The photo was taken while the lake was full of water, prior to its summer break-out through the Knik Glacier.  This glacial lake outburst flood, or “jokulhlaup”, occurred annually until 1967.
Image is of a large wall of ice breaking (calving) from the face of Knik Glacier as the high water level from Lake George erodes the glacier ice dam, ultimately breaking through to release its waters in a flood down the Knik River.  This glacial lake outburst flood, or “jokulhlaup”, occurred annually, flooding river-side residents and the early community of Matanuska, until 1967 when the glacier ceased to advance to form the dam.
Image is an easterly view from the Palmer water tower looking over the Co-op warehouses.  The poultry hatchery building and chicken houses are evident.  Stacks of logs and firewood are near the second warehouse and a man can be seen unloading logs from a truck.  People are visible on the street and sitting on bleachers at right.  Open fields surrounded by heavy forest are in middle ground with snow-clad mountains beyond.
Image is an early fall easterly view of Palmer as seen from Bugge’s Hill, looking down the “Wasilla Road”.  People are evident walking on the road in foreground.  John Bugge’s homestead field and buildings are in middle ground.  Palmer buildings are in far middle ground.  Mountains with early snow are in background.
Image is a summer view of a log cabin with sod roof, high grass surrounds it with a pile of wood on the left, heavy birch forest is behind.  This cabin was located east of Palmer past the Matanuska River bridge on the north side of the highway.
Title

Cabin 1

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Log cabin

Description

Image is a summer view of a log cabin with sod roof, high grass surrounds it with a pile of wood on the left, heavy birch forest is behind. This cabin was located east of Palmer past the Matanuska River bridge on the north side of the highway.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a winter view of a log cabin with sod roof, a pile of logs and wood are beside the cabin, birch trees behind and snow-clad mountains are behind.  The prominent mountain in the view has been variously called “the Matterhorn”, Buyer’s Peak, Pilot Peak and Matanuska Peak.
Title

Cabin 2

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Log Cabin

Description

Image is a winter view of a log cabin with sod roof, a pile of logs and wood are beside the cabin, birch trees behind and snow-clad mountains are behind. The prominent mountain in the view has been variously called “the Matterhorn”, Buyer’s Peak, Pilot Peak and Matanuska Peak.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a log trapper’s cache.
Title

Cache 1

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Trapper's cache

Description

Image is of a log trapper’s cache.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of the old log Russian Orthodox Church at Eklutna.  Scattered trees are visible, other buildings are partially visible beyond the church as are snow-clad mountains.
Title

Church 15

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Old Russian Church at Eklutna

Description

Image is of the old log Russian Orthodox Church at Eklutna. Scattered trees are visible, other buildings are partially visible beyond the church as are snow-clad mountains.

Location

Eklutna, Alaska

View is of a Colony farmstead, identified as that of Colonists Walter & Melva Pippel on tract #106. Open fields planted with various vegetables are prominent in foreground with the farmstead house and barn in middle ground. A touring car is prominent on the road passing through the property in the middle ground. Rooftops of the adjacent farmstead's barn and house are visible beyond. Trees border fields in middle and background with Talkeetna Mountains in far background.
Title

Colony Farm 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Farms

Description

View is of a Colony farmstead, identified as that of Colonists Walter & Melva Pippel on tract #106. Open fields planted with various vegetables are prominent in foreground with the farmstead house and barn in middle ground. A touring car is prominent on the road passing through the property in the middle ground. Rooftops of the adjacent farmstead's barn and house are visible beyond. Trees border fields in middle and background with Talkeetna Mountains in far background.

Location

One mile north of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a view to the East looking across Echo Lake with trees in foreground, a roadway on the right and around the right side of the lake. An automobile is visible on the road in middle ground. Mountains are in background, including the top of Bodenburg Butte and part of Pioneer Peak.
Title

Echo Lake

Creator

Unknown, possibly "Jackson" inferred from other photos in the collection

Subject

Palmer-Matanuska Road

Description

Image shows a view to the East looking across Echo Lake with trees in foreground, a roadway on the right and around the right side of the lake. An automobile is visible on the road in middle ground. Mountains are in background, including the top of Bodenburg Butte and part of Pioneer Peak.

Location

Echo Lake south of Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a winter view of a log building approximately 15' x 30' in size with snow piled around it. A woman in an apron stands in the open doorway smoking a cigarette. A large sign on the exterior gable end wall reads: "EUREKA ROAD HOUSE MEALS LUNCHES OIL-GAS". A smaller sign on the wall between the door and window advertises "Rainier Pale Special Export Beer". Two chimney pipes are visible as is a tall antenna pole and wire. Another building (tent?) is partially visible to the side. Snow covered hills and evergreen trees are apparent in background.
Title

Eureka Road House

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Roadhouse, Building

Description

Image shows a winter view of a log building approximately 15' x 30' in size with snow piled around it. A woman in an apron stands in the open doorway smoking a cigarette. A large sign on the exterior gable end wall reads: "EUREKA ROAD HOUSE MEALS LUNCHES OIL-GAS". A smaller sign on the wall between the door and window advertises "Rainier Pale Special Export Beer". Two chimney pipes are visible as is a tall antenna pole and wire. Another building (tent?) is partially visible to the side. Snow covered hills and evergreen trees are apparent in background.

Location

Mile 128 on Glenn Highway, north of Palmer, Alaska

Image is a fall westerly view across the lower fields of the Experiment Farm showing a small house and greenhouse at the base of the hill and shocks of grain in the fields.  Trunk Road is evident as it ascends the hill and a small building is evident in the field on the top bench.  Heavy forest boarders the fields in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 28

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Wheat harvest at the Matanuska Experiment Farm

Description

Image is a fall westerly view across the lower fields of the Experiment Farm showing a small house and greenhouse at the base of the hill and shocks of grain in the fields. Trunk Road is evident as it ascends the hill and a small building is evident in the field on the top bench. Heavy forest boarders the fields in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image is an easterly view of the Matanuska/Wasilla road leading past fields to the Experiment Farm complex.  The barns and houses are at center middle ground and a small house and greenhouse are evident at the base of the hill to the right. Heavy forest is behind the complex and mountains are in the background under cloudy skies.
Title

Experiment Farm 29

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Matanuska Experiment Farm

Description

Image is an easterly view of the Matanuska/Wasilla road leading past fields to the Experiment Farm complex. The barns and houses are at center middle ground and a small house and greenhouse are evident at the base of the hill to the right. Heavy forest is behind the complex and mountains are in the background under cloudy skies.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image is a southerly view of a two-story log house in center middle ground with another building at right.  A single lane road is in foreground with wood posts and hog wire fence on both sides.  Stump piles are visible at left.  Snow-clad mountains are in background.
Title

Farm 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Valley farmstead

Description

Image is a southerly view of a two-story log house in center middle ground with another building at right. A single lane road is in foreground with wood posts and hog wire fence on both sides. Stump piles are visible at left. Snow-clad mountains are in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a northerly view of a hay field with many haystacks in foreground and middle ground.  A house and other buildings are visible in far middle ground.  Heavy forest surround the field with Talkeetna Mountains in the background.
Title

Farm 8

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Haystacks in a field

Description

Image is a northerly view of a hay field with many haystacks in foreground and middle ground. A house and other buildings are visible in far middle ground. Heavy forest surround the field with Talkeetna Mountains in the background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is an easterly view of a wheat field being harvested with a Cat tractor and grain binder.  A partially harvested field with bundles on the ground is prominent.  A fenced road and electric line is at left and a farmstead with a Colony barn and other buildings is visible in far middle ground.  Snow-clad mountains are in background.
Title

Farming 3

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Harvesting wheat

Description

Image is an easterly view of a wheat field being harvested with a Cat tractor and grain binder. A partially harvested field with bundles on the ground is prominent. A fenced road and electric line is at left and a farmstead with a Colony barn and other buildings is visible in far middle ground. Snow-clad mountains are in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows several men threshing grain.  Two men at right unload a truck into the threshing machine.  One man in center tends the sack receiving the grain while the machine boom above blows the straw onto a large pile at left.  A mixed forest forms the backdrop.
Title

Farming 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Threshing grain

Description

Image shows several men threshing grain. Two men at right unload a truck into the threshing machine. One man in center tends the sack receiving the grain while the machine boom above blows the straw onto a large pile at left. A mixed forest forms the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a shot-rock road, identified as Glenn Highway, with a steep rock cliff at the right and the Matanuska River running parallel at the left.  A conical-shaped snow-clad mountain, identified as King Mountain, is prominent in middle ground with heavily forested foothills.  Other snow-clad mountains are visible in background.
Title

Glenn Highway

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Glenn Highway along Matanuska River near King Mountain

Description

Image shows a shot-rock road, identified as Glenn Highway, with a steep rock cliff at the right and the Matanuska River running parallel at the left. A conical-shaped snow-clad mountain, identified as King Mountain, is prominent in middle ground with heavily forested foothills. Other snow-clad mountains are visible in background.

Location

Chickaloon, Alaska

Image is a southeasterly view from Bailey Hill, north of Palmer, toward the Knik River valley.  The Knik Glacier is visible in the background with mountains on both sides.  Middle ground is heavy forest.  In foreground is a small field and a road section showing the curve in alignment necessary to ascend Bailey Hill, ultimately arriving at the point from which this photo was taken.  This was the only point on the road providing this expansive view of the Valley, thus the local name “Inspiration Point”, and a popular stop for photographs. The road, which ultimately became Glenn Highway, was later straightened to cut through Bailey Hill, eliminating this section.  A horse is apparent in foreground.
Title

Inspiration Point 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

View of Matanuska & Knik valleys from Bailey Hill

Description

Image is a southeasterly view from Bailey Hill, north of Palmer, toward the Knik River valley. The Knik Glacier is visible in the background with mountains on both sides. Middle ground is heavy forest. In foreground is a small field and a road section showing the curve in alignment necessary to ascend Bailey Hill, ultimately arriving at the point from which this photo was taken. This was the only point on the road providing this expansive view of the Valley, thus the local name “Inspiration Point”, and a popular stop for photographs. The road, which ultimately became Glenn Highway, was later straightened to cut through Bailey Hill, eliminating this section. A horse is apparent in foreground.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a man carrying a tripod and movie camera standing in front of a large iceberg on the shore of a lake, identified as Lake George in the Knik River valley.  Other icebergs are visible in the lake beyond with mountains in background.  The photo was taken while the lake was full of water, prior to its summer break-out through the Knik Glacier.  This glacial lake outburst flood, or “jokulhlaup”, occurred annually until 1967.
Title

Lake George 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Icebergs on Lake George

Description

Image is of a man carrying a tripod and movie camera standing in front of a large iceberg on the shore of a lake, identified as Lake George in the Knik River valley. Other icebergs are visible in the lake beyond with mountains in background. The photo was taken while the lake was full of water, prior to its summer break-out through the Knik Glacier. This glacial lake outburst flood, or “jokulhlaup”, occurred annually until 1967.

Location

Knik River Valley, Alaska

Image is of a man carrying a tripod and movie camera standing in front of a large iceberg on the shore of a lake, identified as Lake George in the Knik River valley.  Other icebergs are visible in the lake beyond with mountains in background.  The photo was taken while the lake was full of water, prior to its summer break-out through the Knik Glacier.  This glacial lake outburst flood, or “jokulhlaup”, occurred annually until 1967.
Title

Lake George 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Icebergs on Lake George

Description

Image is of a man carrying a tripod and movie camera standing in front of a large iceberg on the shore of a lake, identified as Lake George in the Knik River valley. Other icebergs are visible in the lake beyond with mountains in background. The photo was taken while the lake was full of water, prior to its summer break-out through the Knik Glacier. This glacial lake outburst flood, or “jokulhlaup”, occurred annually until 1967.

Location

Knik River Valley, Alaska

Image is of a large wall of ice breaking (calving) from the face of Knik Glacier as the high water level from Lake George erodes the glacier ice dam, ultimately breaking through to release its waters in a flood down the Knik River.  This glacial lake outburst flood, or “jokulhlaup”, occurred annually, flooding river-side residents and the early community of Matanuska, until 1967 when the glacier ceased to advance to form the dam.
Title

Lake George 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ice calving from Knik Glacier

Description

Image is of a large wall of ice breaking (calving) from the face of Knik Glacier as the high water level from Lake George erodes the glacier ice dam, ultimately breaking through to release its waters in a flood down the Knik River. This glacial lake outburst flood, or “jokulhlaup”, occurred annually, flooding river-side residents and the early community of Matanuska, until 1967 when the glacier ceased to advance to form the dam.

Location

Knik River Valley, Alaska

Image is an easterly view from the Palmer water tower looking over the Co-op warehouses.  The poultry hatchery building and chicken houses are evident.  Stacks of logs and firewood are near the second warehouse and a man can be seen unloading logs from a truck.  People are visible on the street and sitting on bleachers at right.  Open fields surrounded by heavy forest are in middle ground with snow-clad mountains beyond.
Title

Palmer Community Buildings 2

Creator

Jackson

Subject

East view from the water tower

Description

Image is an easterly view from the Palmer water tower looking over the Co-op warehouses. The poultry hatchery building and chicken houses are evident. Stacks of logs and firewood are near the second warehouse and a man can be seen unloading logs from a truck. People are visible on the street and sitting on bleachers at right. Open fields surrounded by heavy forest are in middle ground with snow-clad mountains beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is an early fall easterly view of Palmer as seen from Bugge’s Hill, looking down the “Wasilla Road”.  People are evident walking on the road in foreground.  John Bugge’s homestead field and buildings are in middle ground.  Palmer buildings are in far middle ground.  Mountains with early snow are in background.
Title

Palmer View From Bugge's Hill 6

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Palmer as seen from Bugge's Hill

Description

Image is an early fall easterly view of Palmer as seen from Bugge’s Hill, looking down the “Wasilla Road”. People are evident walking on the road in foreground. John Bugge’s homestead field and buildings are in middle ground. Palmer buildings are in far middle ground. Mountains with early snow are in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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