Megan K. Friedel
Megan Friedel is Archivist at Archives and Special Collections at the University of Alaska Anchorage. As an historian and writer who is also an avid trail-runner, hiker, and skier, she spends much of her time ruminating on the history of Alaska's wild landscapes. Her first book, on early photography of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, will be published in 2013.
Just before the new year, I was working with some additions to our collection of records from the Alaska Pacific Consolidated Mining Company, the company that ran Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass. Tucked into an oversize folder at the end of the collection, I found this gem.
This photo is a proposal for the development of “Hatcher Pass Ski Area,” an alpine ski resort that would have been built at Hatcher Pass just south of Independence Mine.