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Homesteaders in Trapper Creek, Alaska

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.

The Pioneer Mother

The Pioneer Mother

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.

The Adoring Daughter of a Charming Mother

The Adoring Daughter of a Charming Mother

 

 

Once A One-Room Home, Now A Ranch House

Once a One-Room Home, Now A Ranch House

6 Comments
  • This sounds like a reality TV series done long before said TV shows were thought of. They should write a book. I can only imagine some of the stories and close calls they’ve had. Thanks for introducing them.

    August 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm
  • Dr.Indira Kapoor

    Must have been an enjoyable and exiting trip. I loved reading about it.
    Lots of love. Chotti

    August 16, 2015 at 1:13 am
  • Ayush

    This is just amazing Madhu Masi!I can only imagine the wonderful adventures they must have had and the bold decision they made to move to Alaska!!Loved it!!
    Lots of love,
    Ayush.

    August 28, 2015 at 3:28 am

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