The Hitchen collection contains 80 color 35mm slides of the Matanuska Valley area from the late 1940's and early 1950's.
Eklutna Flats Flowers
Malita & Sparks
A woman stands among a field of shooting star flowers blooming under radio towers on Eklutna Flats near Eklutna Village, Alaska
Photo is a color image of a woman standing on the Eklutna Flats among blooming Shooting Star flowers with large metal radio towers rising behind. A small white building is visible in background next to a small hill. Another building is partially visible at left. This was a typical scene in May on the Flats during the 1940’s and 50’s, on both sides of the road, as the shooting stars and blue iris bloomed. As willow brush became more prevalent the flowers have continued to be crowded out.
Experiment Farm 33
A color view of the Matanuska Experiment Farm viewed from Trunk Road on the south
Image is a fall color view of the Matanuska Experiment Farm buildings taken from Trunk Road south of the farm. The gravel road is prominent in foreground with a car parked on the shoulder. A field of ripe grain is to the left and the farm buildings are in middle ground, center. A power pole is visible to the right of the road and telephone poles and wires are evident on the road’s left side. Fluffy white clouds are in blue sky overhead.
Mine 5, Independence
Malita & Sparks
Overview of Independence gold mine buildings in 1948
Photo is a color view of the buildings of Independence gold mine taken from the north above as it appeared in 1948. The view includes bunkhouses and administration buildings, fuel tanks, ore processing buildings and mine timber piles.
Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer, Alaska