Homesteaders in Trapper Creek, Alaska
In Trapper Creek, Alaska, we spent a morning with homesteaders. The charming mother Jeanne and her equally charming daughter Jenny. They both narrated their stories from their respective points of view.
In 1959, this charming elderly lady was a young wife and mother of three. She and her husband got this crazy idea of selling everything they had in South Dakota and heading to the wilderness where the federal government had allotted them land. Upon arrival they found themselves in the middle of nowhere. They chopped down trees and built a one-room home; it’s roof no taller than the height of her husband. In winter the family melted water to drink and in summer hunted caribou and moose, and grew vegetables and fruit. Within the first couple of years they faced blizzard and storms, fire and frost. In 1960’s, once every six months a helicopter would bring produce from Anchorage. It has been fifty-five years since then. Now the one-room home has grown into a nice ranch house.