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Time Period
1947-1958
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Lazy Mountain Children's Home Collection

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Lazy Mountain Children's Home Collection

This collection contains 318 images of workers, children and activities at the Lazy Mt. Children's Home during the late 1940's and early 1950's, including early Quanset Hut facilities and building projects. It documents some activity associated with the move from the home's previous location in Valdez. Various images of Palmer and the surrounding area are included.

Image shows a large single story building, identified as the Co-op garage, in middle ground with a gravel street and many water puddles in foreground, a variety of automobiles parked in front of the building, and the Palmer water tower above it.  Fuel tanks are visible at the left behind the building.  Gas pumps are apparent at the right of the building, the smokestack from the powerhouse is visible at right and Lazy Mountain is apparent at the far right.
Image shows the front of the Copper Center Lodge as it appeared about 1947 when the Children’s home was in the midst of moving their operation from Valdez to Lazy Mountain.  The lodge would have been a logical stop for them on the highway between the two communities. A car is parked in front of the building.  Fire destroyed the lodge in 2012.
Image is of numerous mattresses and blankets spread on the ground on a sunny day with several children lying and standing on them.  A Quonset Hut is the backdrop.  Trees and the front of the old fire truck are visible beyond at the end of the hut.
Image is of a rock-line gravel walkway leading to the side porch and doorway of one of the early housing complex buildings at the Children’s Home.  Quonset Huts on both sides of the walkway connect to the central building.
Image shows two Quonset Huts connected by a frame structure in middle ground with heavy forest behind.  Another smaller hut section without roofing is in foreground with a pile of lumber next to it.  A child stands nearby on a wood deck.
Image shows several men unloading concrete blocks from a truck and stacking them on the ground.  “Valley Concrete Products” is painted on the door of the truck.  Heavy forest is at left and middle ground with Lazy Mountain in background.
Image shows the excavation for the main building with footings in place, people and lumber on the floor of the excavation.  The well is blocked in at lower left.  Heavy forest in middle ground and Lazy Mountain in background
Image shows a man, identified as Kenneth Hughes, laying concrete blocks around the well during construction of the first permanent building at the Home.
Image shows a group of resident children waiting for the ceremony to lay the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.
Image shows a group of resident children waiting for the ceremony to lay the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.
Image shows several women, identified as associated with the Home, holding the first concrete block to be laid in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.  Several children of the Home look on.
Image shows a woman, identified as Vivian, laying down mortar to receive the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.
Image shows a concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home.  Identified as being a   40’ x 90’ full basement to house a recreation room, deep freezer, furnace, food storage and more.  Workmen are visible, a Quonset Hut is in far middle ground, heavy forest provides the backdrop.
Image shows a concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home.  Identified as being a  40’ x 90’ full basement to house a recreation room, deep freezer, furnace, food storage and more.  The blocked-in well is visible at lower left.  Workmen are visible, heavy forest provides the backdrop with Lazy Mountain in background.
Image is of a man, identified as Ken Hughes, and two young boys on an old fire truck, identified as Alaska Railroad Surplus 1909 Fire Truck vintage. Setting is in front of several Quonset Huts on the Lazy Mountain Children's Home campus. Birch and spruce forest forms the backdrop.
Image is of an old fire truck, identified as Alaska Railroad surplus 1909 vintage, being prepared for service at the Lazy Mt. Children’s Home.  A man stands on the front fender attending to the engine compartment.
Image is of Ken Hughes standing beside a sign with directions to the “El Nathan Children’s Home Branch”, which became the Lazy Mt. Children’s Home on Lazy Mountain near Palmer.  Mr. Hughes was the founder and director of the new home.  A road is visible passing the sign with mountains in background.
Image shows a large single story building, identified as the Co-op garage, in middle ground with a gravel street and many water puddles in foreground, a variety of automobiles parked in front of the building, and the Palmer water tower above it.  Fuel tanks are visible at the left behind the building.  Gas pumps are apparent at the right of the building, the smokestack from the powerhouse is visible at right and Lazy Mountain is apparent at the far right.
Title

Co-op Garage

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Co-op Garage

Description

Image shows a large single story building, identified as the Co-op garage, in middle ground with a gravel street and many water puddles in foreground, a variety of automobiles parked in front of the building, and the Palmer water tower above it. Fuel tanks are visible at the left behind the building. Gas pumps are apparent at the right of the building, the smokestack from the powerhouse is visible at right and Lazy Mountain is apparent at the far right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the front of the Copper Center Lodge as it appeared about 1947 when the Children’s home was in the midst of moving their operation from Valdez to Lazy Mountain.  The lodge would have been a logical stop for them on the highway between the two communities. A car is parked in front of the building.  Fire destroyed the lodge in 2012.
Title

Copper Center Lodge

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Copper Center Lodge

Description

Image shows the front of the Copper Center Lodge as it appeared about 1947 when the Children’s home was in the midst of moving their operation from Valdez to Lazy Mountain. The lodge would have been a logical stop for them on the highway between the two communities. A car is parked in front of the building. Fire destroyed the lodge in 2012.

Location

Copper Center, Alaska

Image is of numerous mattresses and blankets spread on the ground on a sunny day with several children lying and standing on them.  A Quonset Hut is the backdrop.  Trees and the front of the old fire truck are visible beyond at the end of the hut.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Bedding

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Springtime Airing Mattresses & Bedding

Description

Image is of numerous mattresses and blankets spread on the ground on a sunny day with several children lying and standing on them. A Quonset Hut is the backdrop. Trees and the front of the old fire truck are visible beyond at the end of the hut.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a rock-line gravel walkway leading to the side porch and doorway of one of the early housing complex buildings at the Children’s Home.  Quonset Huts on both sides of the walkway connect to the central building.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Building 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Lazy Mt. Children’s Home Building

Description

Image is of a rock-line gravel walkway leading to the side porch and doorway of one of the early housing complex buildings at the Children’s Home. Quonset Huts on both sides of the walkway connect to the central building.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows two Quonset Huts connected by a frame structure in middle ground with heavy forest behind.  Another smaller hut section without roofing is in foreground with a pile of lumber next to it.  A child stands nearby on a wood deck.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Building 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Lazy Mt. Children's Home Building

Description

Image shows two Quonset Huts connected by a frame structure in middle ground with heavy forest behind. Another smaller hut section without roofing is in foreground with a pile of lumber next to it. A child stands nearby on a wood deck.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows several men unloading concrete blocks from a truck and stacking them on the ground.  “Valley Concrete Products” is painted on the door of the truck.  Heavy forest is at left and middle ground with Lazy Mountain in background.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Men Unloading Concrete Blocks From a Truck

Description

Image shows several men unloading concrete blocks from a truck and stacking them on the ground. “Valley Concrete Products” is painted on the door of the truck. Heavy forest is at left and middle ground with Lazy Mountain in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the excavation for the main building with footings in place, people and lumber on the floor of the excavation.  The well is blocked in at lower left.  Heavy forest in middle ground and Lazy Mountain in background
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Beginning construction of the main permanent building

Description

Image shows the excavation for the main building with footings in place, people and lumber on the floor of the excavation. The well is blocked in at lower left. Heavy forest in middle ground and Lazy Mountain in background

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a man, identified as Kenneth Hughes, laying concrete blocks around the well during construction of the first permanent building at the Home.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Kenneth Hughes blocking in the well during construction for the first permanent building at the Home

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Kenneth Hughes, laying concrete blocks around the well during construction of the first permanent building at the Home.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of resident children waiting for the ceremony to lay the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Children await the laying of the first concrete block of the new building

Description

Image shows a group of resident children waiting for the ceremony to lay the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a group of resident children waiting for the ceremony to lay the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Children await the laying of the first concrete block of the new building

Description

Image shows a group of resident children waiting for the ceremony to lay the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows several women, identified as associated with the Home, holding the first concrete block to be laid in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.  Several children of the Home look on.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Women preparing to lay the first concrete block for the new building

Description

Image shows several women, identified as associated with the Home, holding the first concrete block to be laid in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home. Several children of the Home look on.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a woman, identified as Vivian, laying down mortar to receive the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Woman laying the first concrete block for the new permanent building

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Vivian, laying down mortar to receive the first concrete block in construction of the basement of the new permanent building for the Home.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home.  Identified as being a   40’ x 90’ full basement to house a recreation room, deep freezer, furnace, food storage and more.  Workmen are visible, a Quonset Hut is in far middle ground, heavy forest provides the backdrop.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 8

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home

Description

Image shows a concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home. Identified as being a 40’ x 90’ full basement to house a recreation room, deep freezer, furnace, food storage and more. Workmen are visible, a Quonset Hut is in far middle ground, heavy forest provides the backdrop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home.  Identified as being a  40’ x 90’ full basement to house a recreation room, deep freezer, furnace, food storage and more.  The blocked-in well is visible at lower left.  Workmen are visible, heavy forest provides the backdrop with Lazy Mountain in background.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Construction 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home

Description

Image shows a concrete block basement under construction for the first permanent building at the Home. Identified as being a 40’ x 90’ full basement to house a recreation room, deep freezer, furnace, food storage and more. The blocked-in well is visible at lower left. Workmen are visible, heavy forest provides the backdrop with Lazy Mountain in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a man, identified as Ken Hughes, and two young boys on an old fire truck, identified as Alaska Railroad Surplus 1909 Fire Truck vintage. Setting is in front of several Quonset Huts on the Lazy Mountain Children's Home campus. Birch and spruce forest forms the backdrop.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Fire Truck 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Fire Truck

Description

Image is of a man, identified as Ken Hughes, and two young boys on an old fire truck, identified as Alaska Railroad Surplus 1909 Fire Truck vintage. Setting is in front of several Quonset Huts on the Lazy Mountain Children's Home campus. Birch and spruce forest forms the backdrop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of an old fire truck, identified as Alaska Railroad surplus 1909 vintage, being prepared for service at the Lazy Mt. Children’s Home.  A man stands on the front fender attending to the engine compartment.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Fire Truck 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Lazy Mt. Children’s Home Fire Truck

Description

Image is of an old fire truck, identified as Alaska Railroad surplus 1909 vintage, being prepared for service at the Lazy Mt. Children’s Home. A man stands on the front fender attending to the engine compartment.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of Ken Hughes standing beside a sign with directions to the “El Nathan Children’s Home Branch”, which became the Lazy Mt. Children’s Home on Lazy Mountain near Palmer.  Mr. Hughes was the founder and director of the new home.  A road is visible passing the sign with mountains in background.
Title

Lazy Mt. Home Ken Hughes

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Ken Hughes and El Nathan Sign

Description

Image is of Ken Hughes standing beside a sign with directions to the “El Nathan Children’s Home Branch”, which became the Lazy Mt. Children’s Home on Lazy Mountain near Palmer. Mr. Hughes was the founder and director of the new home. A road is visible passing the sign with mountains in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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