Title

Butte Community Hall 1

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

Community hall near Bodenburg Butte

Description

Image shows the front and south side of the log community hall constructed soon afer the Matanuska Colonists settled the area around the Bodenburg Butte. A portion of the Butte is visible behind the building as is one of the typical colony tents.

Location

Beside Bodenburg Butte Lp near Bodenburg Butte in the Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Butte Community Hall 2

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop - Anchorage, Alaska

Subject

Log Community Hall near Bodenburg Butte

Description

Image shows the front and south side of the log community hall constructed soon after the Matanuska Colonists settled the area around the Bodenburg Butte. Two concrete chimneys are in evidence. A portion of the Butte is visible behind the building. This image is on a commercial post card.

Location

Beside Bodenburg Butte Loop road near Bodenburg Butte in the Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Butte Community Hall 3

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows the north side of the log Butte Community Hall with lumber and clearing debris in foreground and Pioneer Peak in background.

Location

Bodenburg Butte Area of Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Camp 7 Wash Day

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Clothes washing at tent #1, Camp 7

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Margret Miller, hand-washing clothes in wash tubs set up in front of their tent at Colonist Camp 7. Two young girls, identified as Mardie and Janell Miller, sit nearby. An outhouse and clothesline are evident at right

Location

Camp 7 north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Camp 8 Air View

Creator

Nichols

Subject

Colonist's Camp 8

Description

Image is an aerial view of Colony tents forming Camp 8 located within a large expanse of heavy forest with the Matanuska River visible in background. Portions of the airplane’s wing and struts are obvious in foreground.

Location

Matanuska Valley south of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Protestant Church in Palmer

Description

Image shows the north side of the Palmer Protestant Church in winter with trees in the foreground and background and with snow all over. A power pole and power lines are in the foreground. This photo is printed on a postcard, but has no attribution to a photographer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church 11

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Interior of St. Michaels Catholic Church in Palmer

Description

Image is a view of the interior sanctuary of the log St. Michaels Catholic Church in Palmer as it appeared not long after it was construction in 1937. Statues, pictures and other religious objects are apparent.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church 3

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

Log Church Building

Description

Image shows the front of the Lutheran church in Palmer surrounded by trees. Two cars are parked in front of the church.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church 4

Creator

Unknown, possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Palmer Lutheran Church

Description

Image is of the front (west side) of the log Lutheran church with grass expanse in front and birch trees beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church 5

Creator

Unknown, possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Palmer Lutheran Church

Description

Image is of the front (west side) of the Palmer Lutheran log church with birch trees in foreground and a mountain beyond. A sign is visible in the left foreground and a plaque is visible on the church wall.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Lutheran Church in Palmer, Alaska

Description

Summer view of north and west side of the Lutheran Church in Palmer, Alaska.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Lutheran Church in Palmer, Alaska

Description

Summer view of west and south sides of the Lutheran Church in Palmer, Alaska. Construction appears to be complete but grounds are not yet fully cleaned up.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church 8

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Church, Building

Description

Image shows the north side of a log church, identified as the Protestant Church, also commonly referred to as the Community (Presbyterian) Church or the "Church of a Thousand Trees", in Palmer, Alaska. Trees are evident in front and beyond and power lines overhead.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Funeral setting in Palmer Protest Church

Description

Image is of the interior of the Palmer Protestant Church, unoccupied pews in foreground, a closed casket in front with floral bouquets prominent.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church Construction 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Church, Building

Description

Image shows a man standing on a log wall beside several peeled log rafters with log walls behind and below. Various boards lean against the rafters and a power cord with a light bulb hangs from one rafter. The structure under construction is identified as the Community (Presbyterian) Church of Palmer. There is evidence of light snow cover and the man is warmly dressed. Tress form the backdrop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Church Construction 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

United Protestant Church under construction in Palmer

Description

Image is a winter view of the United Protestant Church in Palmer under construction. Several men are visible applying roof boards on the log structure. Birch trees are in foreground with snow on the ground.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Co-op Creamery 1

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Matanuska Colony (Co-op) Creamery and Cannery

Description

Image is a summer view of the Matanuska Colony (Co-op) creamery and cannery building. The water tower and powerhouse smoke stack are visible behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Co-op Creamery 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Valley Co-op Creamery Building with ARRC Car in front and Water Tower behind.

Description

Image is a summer view of the Matanuska Valley Farmer’s Co-op Creamery building in Palmer with exterior construction essentially complete but with foundation work still under way. The water tower is visible behind and an ARRC car is in front. A man is visible working on a retaining wall.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Co-op Creamery 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Valley Co-op Creamery Building

Description

Image is a summer view of the Matanuska Valley Farmer’s Co-op Creamery building in Palmer with three vehicles in front. The water tower is visible behind and the powerhouse is partially visible at left.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Co-op Garage

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Community Center Garage & Automobiles, Building

Description

Image shows the large garage building in middle ground with an automobile parked in front of one of the bay doors. In foreground are two automobiles on soft ground, on with a rear wheel missing. Powerhouse smokestack producing smoke is in middle ground as is the roof of the warehouse. Lazy Mountain is seen in the far background.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Colony Construction Headquarters

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony construction headquarters building

Description

Image shows the first log building constructed by the transient workers employed to build the new buildings associated with the Matanuska Colony. The building was thought to have been disassembled and reassembled as a training exercise for the workers, and then served as the headquarters for the rest of the construction activities. A bus is apparent in foreground with two passengers visible inside, two other men are nearby. A power pole is in foreground and the American flag flies on a tall pole over the building. Tents are partially visible. Heavy forest forms a backdrop behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Construction Headquarters 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony construction headquarters building

Description

Image shows the first log building constructed by the transient workers employed to build the new buildings associated with the Matanuska Colony. The building was thought to have been disassembled and reassembled as a training exercise for the workers, and then served as the headquarters for the rest of the construction activities. The American flag flies on a tall pole over the building. A low log fence encloses the yard. Tents are apparent on both sides of the building. Heavy forest forms a backdrop behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Construction Headquarters 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony construction headquarters building

Description

Image shows the first log building constructed by the transient workers employed to build the new buildings associated with the Matanuska Colony. The building was thought to have been disassembled and reassembled as a training exercise for the workers, and then served as the headquarters for the rest of the construction activities. A low log fence encloses the front yard. A tent is partially visible at right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Construction Headquarters 4

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Matanuska Colony construction headquarters building

Description

Image shows the first log building constructed by the transient workers employed to build the new buildings associated with the Matanuska Colony. The building was thought to have been disassembled and reassembled as a training exercise for the workers, and then served as the headquarters for the rest of the construction activities. The American flag flies above the building on a high mast. A tent is partially visible at left and a man is standing nearby.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Family 1

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Colonists Vernon & Pearl Olmstead and their two children at their new log home.

Description

Image is of Colonists Vernon and Pearl Olmstead with their children Jane and Gerald, and the family dog, in front of their new log home located on tract #28 near the Matanuska Experiment Farm. They were reported to be the first Colonists to move from their tents into their new home in 1935. The squared logs used in construction were milled at a sawmill set up not far away near Camp 2.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 10

Creator

Thomas Kodagraph

Subject

Pippel Colony Farm

Description

Image is a late summer view of a colony barn, well house and house with heavy cottonwood and birch forest beyond. A field of vegetables is at right with evidence that some crops have been harvested. The front of a truck is visible next to the barn. A horse is lying on the ground at right foreground. The farmstead is identified as that of Colonists Walt and Melva Pippel on tract #106 near Palmer, Alaska.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 12

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Neil & Margaret's first Colony farmstead

Description

Image is a winter scene of Neil & Margaret Miller's first Colony farm on tract #155 along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, Alaska. A typical Colony barn is apparent, a very atypical colonist house is visible, and an automobile is evident in the driveway.

Location

Tract #155 north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 16

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colony farm of Joe & Blanche Puhl

Description

Image is a late summer view of a Colony log home, a barn under construction, and harvested hay stacked on stakes to dry in foreground. Scattered birch and cottonwood trees are in foreground and middle ground with heavy forest as the backdrop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 18

Creator

Thomas Kodagraph

Subject

A Colony farmstead house, barn and outbuildings with haystacks and fence in foreground

Description

Image is of a Colony farmstead showing the house, barn and outbuildings in middle ground with a fence and numerous haystacks in foreground. Birch and spruce forest forms the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 19

Creator

Hewitts

Subject

Colony home and outbuildings of Walt & Melva Pippel

Description

Image is of Colonists Walt and Melva Pippel’s frame house and two outbuildings. Row crops are in foreground and beyond the buildings. A wood pile is apparent. A road is visible beyond the house, this being the Fishhook Road leading at left to Hatcher Pass and the gold mines. Beyond the road is a heavily forested ridge formed of wind-blown soil from the Matanuska River unseen just beyond. The Glenn Highway was later located on this ridge.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 20

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colony farm and fields of harvested grain in shocks at the base of Bodenburg Butte

Description

Image is a fall view across fields of harvested and shocked grain to a Colony farmstead, identified as belonging to Colonists Ingolf and Agnes Sandvik. Bodenbutg Butte rises prominently to the left and other mountains to the right.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 8

Creator

Thomas Kodagraph

Subject

Pippel Colony farm

Description

Image is a summer view of a colony house, barn and well house. The barn roof is under construction. A field of cabbage is in foreground. The farmstead is identified as that of Colonists Walt and Melva Pippel on tract #106 near Palmer, Alaska.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Farm 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Pippel Colony Farm

Description

Image is a summer view of a colony house with a colony barn beyond. A field of cabbage is in foreground. The farmstead is identified as that of Colonists Walt and Melva Pippel on tract #106 near Palmer, Alaska.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 1

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Log Colony home in winter setting

Description

Image is a winter scene of a log home in a forest setting with snow on the ground and icicles hanging from the eves of the house. The house is identified as that of Colonists Joe & Albertina Sieber on Colony tract #182. The icicles and apparent melted snow on the roof indicate inadequate insulation, characteristic of many Colony houses.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 10

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony “cottage” home under construction

Description

Image shows a Colony home under construction. Homes not built of logs were referred to by the government as “cottages”. Two men are visible working on scaffolding on the outside of the house. Considerable debris is apparent in the yard.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 11

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony “cottage” home under construction

Description

Image shows a Colony home under construction. Homes not built of logs were referred to by the government as “cottages”. Three men are visible with scaffolding on the outside of the house. Lumber and considerable debris are apparent in the yard. Heavy forest is the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 12

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Matanuska Colony "Cottage"

Description

Image is of a completed Colony “Cottage with heavy birch forest as the backdrio.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 13

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Matanuska Colony “Cottage” home

Description

Image is of a completed Colony “Cottage”. A grindstone and washing hanging on a line are visible at right. Birch forest is the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 14

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colonist home under construction

Description

Image is a heavily wooded setting with a rough access roadway through stump piles leading to a partially visible vertical-log house with smoke coming from the chimney. In front of the house is a partially constructed log structure and to the right is a tent. Scattered snow on the ground may indicate the image was made in early winter.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 15

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colonist home and vegetable field

Description

Image is a view across a field of row crops to a log house in middle ground. An automobile is parked next to the house. At right in background, two buildings which appear to be a house and a tent, are partially visible on an adjacent farm. Mountains are faintly visible in background with Lazy Mountain appearing beyond the adjacent farm

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 16

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colony log home under construction

Description

Image is of a log home with two men on scaffolding conducting finish work on the outside.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 17

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony frame “Cottage” under construction

Description

Image is of a frame house under construction. A man is visible up on scaffolding and a boy is on the ground. Lumber is stacked on the ground and leaning against the building. Cottonwood trees form the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 18

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Old cabin at a new colony house site

Description

Image shows an old log cabin in foreground with a tent behind and a portion of a new colony house at right. A grindstone is visible near the tent. Heavy forest is the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 19

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A new colony log house on an old log cabin site

Description

Image shows an old log cabin in middle ground with a new colony house just behind and at right. Lumber and other wood is in foreground. Heavy forest is the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 2

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colonist’s log home

Description

Image is of the log home of Colonists Joseph and Blanche Puhl located a half mile north of Palmer on tract #99. Exterior is complete. Lumber, wood, stumps and brush in the yard. Birch trees behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 20

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

The unique house built by Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller

Description

Image shows a house of arguably the most unique design build by, or for, any of the Matanuska Colonists. Constructed by Colonists Neil and Margaret Miller on their tract #155 along the Fishhook Road north of Palmer, it varied radically from any of the five house patterns offered by the government from which the Colonists were to choose.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 21

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony log cabin home, exterior complete, in a wooded setting

Description

Image is of a Colony log home in middle ground, stumps and logs in foreground. Windows and other material stacked alongside the house. Exterior construction is essentially complete. Heavy forest beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 22

Creator

Hewitts

Subject

A new frame home for one of the Matanuska Colony families

Description

Image is of a white frame house (or “Cottage” as the Government termed it) constructed for a Matanuska Colony family. The yard has been cleaned up of construction material and banking of earth around the foundation has begun. Birch and spruce forest forms the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 23

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Home and barn of Colonists Virgil and Lillian Eckert

Description

Image is a summer view of the Colony home and barn of Virgil and Lillian Eckert on their farm tract #100 on the north edge of Palmer. The house is of the log “cabin” style as were many of the Colony homes. The round-roofed barn was not typical of the Colony barns and was one of only three or four constructed of that style. A smaller log building is visible behind the house. Scattered birch trees are around the farmstead with heavy birch forest beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 24

Creator

Wide World Photos, Inc

Subject

Colony Home and family of Joe & Blanche Puhl

Description

This is a press photo exhibiting marks indicating where it was cropped for publication in the newspaper. Image is a summer view of Joe and Blanche Puhl and their two sons at a wood pile next to their Colony tent and their new log home on farm tract #99 on the north side of Palmer. Rolls of barbed wire are stacked by the tent and blocks of birch wood await in the foreground to be split for fire wood.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 3

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colonist’s log home

Description

Image is of the log home of Colonists Joseph and Blanche Puhl located a half mile north of Palmer on tract #99. Exterior is complete. Lumber and stumps in the yard. Birch trees behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 5

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colonist’s Log Home

Description

Image is of a log house, identified as belonging to John and Magdalene Lake on tract #73. Two men are standing in front. Exterior construction appears to be complete with the yard largely cleaned up. A grindstone is visible behind the house. Trees are behind at left and Lazy Mountain is faintly visible in background at the right

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 6

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colonist’s Log Home

Description

Image is of a log house, identified as cabin #137. Exterior construction appears to be complete with many stumps, lumber and barrels in the yard. Heavy birch forest is a close backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 7

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colonist’s Log Home

Description

Image is of a log house, identified as cabin #137. Exterior construction appears to be complete with many stumps and lumber in the yard. Laundry hangs on a clothes line. A man is visible at left. Heavy birch forest is a close backdrop

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 8

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colonist’s Log Home

Description

Image is of a log house, identified as cabin #100. Exterior construction appears to be complete with a small pile of lumber in a mostly clear yard. Scattered birch trees surround the house.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Home 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Colonist's Log Home

Description

Image is of a log Colonist home, identified as cabin #19. Exterior is complete, yard still to be cleaned up. A man stands on the steps outside the door. Birch trees and a hillside are behind.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Warehouse & Powerhouse

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Building, Railroad Tracks

Description

Image shows railroad tracks leading to the northwest aspects of the Powerhouse and the Warehouse. A fuel tank stands next to the tracks. Lumber, poles and gravel are piled on the right-of-way. Trees frame the clearing and mountains are visible in background.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Warehouse Fire 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

The Colony warehouse in “Tent City” is burning

Description

Image shows heavy dark smoke rising from fire consuming the Colony warehouse in “Tent City”. Men are walking past and observing.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony Warehouse Fire 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

The Colony warehouse in “Tent City” is burning

Description

Image shows heavy white smoke rising from fire consuming the Colony warehouse in “Tent City”. Men are standing and observing. As well as goods stored in the warehouse, many important records and documents were lost to the fire, causing difficulty for many Colony families in establishing their true indebtedness to the corporation managing the project.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony home 4

Creator

Historic American Building Survey

Subject

Original Colony farmstead circa 1965

Description

Image shows the farmstead of original Colonists Joseph & Blanche Puhl on tract #99 north of Palmer. Subsequently owned by Colonists Neil & Margaret Miller, this photo was taken sometime in the mid 1960's when ownership passed to Dexter & Percilla (Miller) Bacon. The distinctive round-roofed Colony barn is shown moved closer to the original log home. A small greenhouse is apparent. A large commercial garden is evident in foreground. Yard trees are near the house and heavy forest forms the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony kids home school

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Teacher and Colony children doing school work at home

Description

This is a slightly enhanced press photo. Image shows teacher Lorinda Ward seated at a kitchen table piled with books and two small boys seated next to her doing their school work. The boys are not identified. The setting is in a newly-constructed Colony log home.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Dinner with the Reitans

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Colonist Family Dinner

Description

Image shows three men at the dinner table with the Colonist Reitan family, presumably in the Reitan home. Individuals are identified from left as Bill odsather, Alice Reitan, Reitan Daughter, Bernard Reitan, Deana Reitan, Louis Odsather, unidentified.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Don Irwin and Rex Beach

Creator

Nichols

Subject

Don Irwin & Rex Beach display examples of crops being grown in the area

Description

Image shows Colony manager Don Irwin and author Rex Beach displaying examples of farm plants presumably produced in the local area. The men stand in front of a frame building exhibiting signs indicating it was Irwin’s office.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Dorm 1

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

Interior view of the lobby and living room of the dormitory constructed in the Community Center for single teachers, nurses, corporation employees and others

Description

Interior view of the lobby and living room of the dormitory constructed in the Community Center for single teachers, nurses, corporation employees and others. Often referred to as the “Teacher’s Dorm”, it furnished modern living accommodations a social gathering place during the early days of the Colony project when such housing was in very short supply. Refurbished and modernized, it continues to offer rooms for rent as the privately operated “Colony Inn”.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Dorm 2

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

View of Elsie Havens’ wedding shower being held in the lobby and living room of the Community Center dormitory

Description

Image is of the wedding shower for Palmer hospital nurse Elsie Havens as she prepares to marry Walt Blue. The setting is the living room of the singles dormitory in the Community Center and attendees include fellow nurses, teachers, corporation employees and other ladies of the community.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Dorm Living Room 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

The Palmer Community Center “Dorm” living room as it appeared in 1969

Description

The Community Center Dormitory was initially built to provide housing for single teachers, nurses and others during the early days of the Colony. It later provided public hotel rooms under private ownership. The accommodations included a community “living room” with a fireplace and space for small gatherings. This image shows how that room was furnished in 1969.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Dr. C. Earl Albrecht

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Dr. Albrecht, Colony physician, writes a prescription for a Valley resident at a woodpile amid Colonist tents at Palmer.

Description

Image is a winter scene showing Dr. C. Earl Albrecht, Matanuska Valley physician, standing beside a woodpile writing a prescription for a woman nearby. At his feet are two medical bags, one opened and exhibiting its contents while perched on the piled wood. Tents are in middle ground and a truck is partially visible behind the woman with a man standing next to it. Snow-clad Pioneer Peak is in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Fair 2

Creator

Berts

Subject

Fair grounds stock barns under construction

Description

Image is an easterly view across the race track in foreground to four unfinished frame structures identified as stock barns. A car is parked in front of one of the barns. A small group of spruce trees is at left. Mountains are prominent in background under cloudy skies. A note on the reverse indicates that the barns were covered with tarps when used.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hatchery Incubators

Creator

Nichols

Subject

Workers unload incubators for installation in the new hatchery building

Description

Image shows a winter scene of workers uncrating incubators for installation in the new poultry hatchery building in the community center of the Matanuska Colony Project in Palmer. The Colony warehouse and water tower are visible in background. Overhead electric lines are evident, dense forest is apparent at right and a truck is partially visible at left.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital 1

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Palmer hospital, winter 1936

Description

Image is of the west side of Palmer hospital in winter of 1936. Scattered birch trees are in foreground and mountains in background with Byers Peak prominent above a cloud bank.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital 2

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Nurse in the Palmer hospital operating room

Description

Image is of Nurse Katheryn Powers in the operating room of the Palmer hospital.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital 3

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Nurse in the Palmer hospital sterilizing room

Description

Image is of Nurse Kelley in the sterilizing room of the Palmer hospital.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital 4

Creator

Ordway

Subject

Nurse Katheryn Powers at the nurses station in the new Palmer hospital

Description

Image is of the hallway of the new hospital in Palmer. Nurse Katheryn Powers is visible at the nurses station at the far end of the hall.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital 5

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Palmer Hospital

Description

Palmer hospital, constructed began in July 1935, opened in fall of 1935, dedicated May 15, 1937, burned May 1946

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital Isolation Ward

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Three boys hang around the front of Palmer’s hospital isolation ward building

Description

Image is of three young boys hanging around the front of a wood frame building. A sign on the front of the building reads: “ISOLATION WARD KEEP OUT”. Two bed spring frames lean against the front of the building and a tent is partially visible at right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital Tents 1

Creator

Nick Nichols

Subject

Tent City

Description

Image is a view down a dirt street showing tents and two frame structures on the right in foreground and tents at left in middle ground. Large tents in center are medical facilities. The colony ambulance and “nurses car” is visible in front of one of the hospital tents. The American flag is visible on a pole over the complex.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital Tents 2

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony Hospital Tents

Description

Image is a view of four tents with an American flag and a Red Cross flag flying on a pole overhead, identified as the Colony hospital tent complex.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

House 1

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Building

Description

Image shows a white, flat-roofed house on a small hill with exposed excavated gravel in front and trees behind. Designed by Colonists Neil & Margaret Miller to be distinctively different from other Colony houses, to the consternation of ARRC officials. Part of another building is visible behind and to the left of the house with snow-capped Talkeetna Mountains in the background.

Location

Tract #155 north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

House 2

Creator

Unknown, Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Matanuska Colonist House & Outbuildings

Description

Image shows a white house and white outbuildings including two small chicken houses and a small greenhouse. Several white chickens are apparent and milk cans are next to the outbuilding near the house. A bicycle and sawbuck are in the foreground, a field in middle ground with forest and mountains visible beyond. This appears to be another view of House#1.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

House 3

Creator

Unknown, Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Matanuska Colonist House

Description

Image shows an early spring view of a log house with entry porch, a car parked next to the porch, a small doghouse next to the porch, an uncovered greenhouse in foreground, forest and snow-clad mountains beyond. This appears to be the south side of House#4.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

House 4

Creator

Unknown, Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Matanuska Colony House

Description

Image is a summer view of a log house with a gate post and rail fence in foreground. A woman appears to stand behind the gate post. An outbuilding and part of a car are visible in middle ground, trees and mountains are evident beyond. This appears to be the north side of House#3.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

House 5

Creator

Unknown, Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Matanuska Colony House

Description

Image is an early spring view of a house with snow patches in the yard. A small boy is playing in the snow. A pickup truck is parked next to the house, an outbuilding is in the middle ground with trees and snow-clad Pioneer Peak beyond. This appears to be a later view of House#4.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

House 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

House, Log House, Snow, Woman

Description

Image is a winter view of a log house with a woman standing in the entry porch area, forest is visible beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

House 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony House and Outbuilding

Description

Image shows a white house and small white outbuilding with a greenhouse attached, clothesline posts adjacent, tilled ground in foreground, forest and mountains in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

House 8

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Log Colony House on tract 73

Description

Image is dominated by a log Colony house with exterior construction essentially complete. A colony tent is partially visible at left, lumber arranged at right with chopping block and sawbuck in foreground. Heavy forest behind.

Location

Matanuska Valley near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Making Ice Cream at the Puhl Home

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Norbert Nathe, sitting in a fancy wood chair and turning the handle of an ice cream churn while two children, identified as Lloyd Puhl holding a broom, and Ray Puhl looking on and assisting. They are at the front of the Puhl's house. A tent is visible in background.

Location

Tract #99 North of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Air View 15

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Aerial view of Palmer in the summer of 1935 with many of the colonist’s tents still present

Description

Image is a high oblique view of Palmer in the summer of 1935 when it was often called “Tent City” because of all the tents in place housing the Colonists and others associated with the Matanuska Colony project. The numbers in evidence on the photo identify: #3-Trading Post; #4-Isolation Hospital; #5-General & Maternity Hospital; #6-Manager Don Irwin’s Residence. Homesteader John Bugge’s fields are in the lower right and other homestead clearings within the heavy forest are apparent.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Community Buildings 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Palmer Community Center Buildings

Description

Image is a summer oblique view of newly-constructed Palmer community center buildings including the Gym, School, Hospital, Commissary/Trading Post, and Warehouse. Buildings are numbered and identified. Temporary tents and lumber piles are apparent. Heavy forest is behind the buildings and Bodenburg Butte is visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Palmer Community Buildings 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Palmer Gym, School & Dorm

Description

Image is of the west sides of the Community Gym, School and Dormitory. The chicken coops are visible to the left of the gym. Lazy Mt. and Buyer’s Peak are in background. Street in foreground later named E. Elmwood Ave. A pickup is visible near the dorm and a truck is visible near the gym.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Depot 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Alaska Railroad depot at Palmer

Description

Image is a winter scene of the south end of the Palmer railroad depot. A train engine is at the left and the Co-op garage building is partially visible at right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer House

Creator

WP (ACME) press photo, photographer unknown

Subject

"Palmer House" rooming house

Description

Image shows a white, two-story house in middle ground with a white picket gate and gate post arch holding a sign "Palmer House Rooms" in foreground. The "S"s on the sign are printed backwards. A man is walking on the path towards the house. Owned by Jim Felton, this was the most available lodging in the local area prior to the coming of the Matanuska Colony. Rooms reputedly contained two or more beds to accommodate all travelers, typical of Alaska roadhouses in the day.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Jail

Creator

Jackson

Subject

Palmer Jail and office of the U.S. Marshall and the ARRC Police

Description

Image is a view of a shed-roofed building with three nine-pane windows and two small high windows that appear to have bars. A sign at the entrance identifies it as headquarters for the U.S. Marshall and Corporation Police. The photographer’s note on the front of the print indicate it was the Palmer “City Jail”. It appears to be a temporary and hastily constructed facility in the early days of the Matanuska Colony project in Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 25

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

Easterly view at the intersection of South Valley Way and Dahlia Ave. in Palmer in fall 1958 including Co-op buildings and mountains

Description

Image is an easterly view at the intersection of South Valley Way and Dahlia Ave. in Palmer as it appeared in fall of 1958. Buildings of the Co-op are evident at left and signs are visible. Automobiles are evident. Snow-clad mountains are prominent in background. The included streets are newly paved.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Tent City 2

Creator

Berts

Subject

Palmer "Tent City" activity

Description

Image is a northwesterly view taken from atop a railroad car showing considerable "Tent City" activity. A truck is parked alongside the road in foreground with men loading lumber from a large pile. Other men and automobiles are evident as is a horse-drawn wagon with people in the wagon. A tent is in foreground at left and a large frame building is at center in near middle ground. Piles of tarp-draped material are scattered about. Many tents are visible in background with heavy forest and mountains beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Tent City 3

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Colony tents & lumber being loaded on trucks

Description

Image is of men loading lumber onto trucks from piles in front of many Colony tents at Palmer during the early days of the Colony project.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Tent City 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Cars and tents of Palmer “Tent City”

Description

Image is of automobiles, tents and other buildings of “Tent City” in the earliest days of the Colony establishment at Palmer. A man is seen walking on the street. Power poles are evident.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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

Title

Palmer View From Bugge’s Hill 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Winter view of Palmer, viewed from Bugge’s Hill with skaters on frozen pond below

Description

Image is a winter easterly view from Bugge’s Hill across John Bugge’s homestead field with a frozen melt-water pond in foreground and several children skating. Bugge’s homestead buildings and Palmer buildings are in middle ground with snow-clad mountains in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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