Kenai Mountains – Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area

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Melissa Linton

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Mount Alice - Mount Eva

Episode 1
MOUNT ALICE / MOUNT EVA Duration 10:04
Name Origin: Alice and Eva were daughters of Resurrection Bay homesteaders, Frank and Mary Lowell.
Historical Context: This episode takes a look at the Lowell homestead, the founding of Seward, and the explosive growth of the town site.

Resurrection Bay

Episode 2
Name Origin: Resurrection Bay comes from Russian, Voskresenskaia Gaven (Sunday Bay), since it is believed Baranov came in the Bay on a Sunday…perhaps on Easter Sunday.
Historical Context: This episode explores the Russian territorial days. The program focuses upon the Russian fort and the building of the ship, Phoenix.

Mount Marathon

Episode 3
MOUNT MARATHON Duration 6:18
Name Origin: Originally Mount Marathon had many informal names such as “Lowell Mountain”. The mountain acquired its present name after the race that is held every 4th of July.
Historical Context: Mount Marathon was a common perch to spot steam ships that were arriving into Resurrection Bay. This episode looks at a time when steam ships were the only connection to the “outside” world.

Exit Glacier

Episode 4
EXIT GLACIER Duration 9:32
Name Origin: Exit Glacier acquired its present name when the 1968 Hoeman expedition used the glacier to exit off the Harding Ice field.
Historical Context: This episode focuses upon the attempts to cross the Harding Ice field. The program includes a historic interview of Yule Kilcher to piece together his attempts to cross this massive 700 square mile sea of ice.

Victor Creek

Episode 5
Duration 6:52
Name Origin: Victor Creek was named for a miner who established a homestead on the banks of this stream.
Historical Context: This episode uses Victor Creek as a stepping stone to talk about Harry Johnson. Harry Johnson was mauled by a brown bear on this creek. Harry Johnson was a colorful character from the colonial days of Alaska. However, he is best known for his photography. This episode features his work.

Moose Pass - Estes Grocery

Episode 6
Duration 10:56
Name Origin:
Local lore says that Moose Pass got its name from a cantankerous moose that wouldn’t let the mail team go through. Estes Grocery comes from the patriarch of Moose Pass: Ed Estes.
Historical Context:
This episode is multi-faceted. Host Brooke (and father Jeff Estes) tell stories about her grandfather: Ed Estes. From these stories we get a glimpse of the building of the Alaska Railroad, the development of Moose Pass, and the life style of the time.

Tern Lake

Episode 7
TERN LAKE Duration 9:09
Name Origin: Tern Lake has not always been known as “Tern Lake”. It used to be called “Mud Lake”. The name was changed to be more appeasing to tourists.
Historical Context: This episode starts with Willard Dunham talking about the Malcolm Bus Lines of the 1940’s. From these stories the program segues into the construction of the road system of the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai Lake River

Episode 8
KENAI LAKE / RIVER Duration 7:11
Name Origin: The lake and river are derivatives from the Kenaitze Indians – the regional group of the Dena’ina.
Historical Context: This episode acknowledges that the names that we use for landmarks are not the original names the Indigenous people had their own names for these features. The program provides examples of Dena’ina names for features to present a different perspective and relationship with the land.

Canyon Creek - The Forks

Episode 9
Name Origin: Canyon Creek got its name from the canyon it flows from. The Forks is where Canyon Creek flows into Six Mile. Six Mile was that distance from the thriving gold town of Sunrise.
Historical Context: The Forks was ground zero for much of the gold mining in this portion of the Kenai Peninsula. This episode discusses the geology of the Kenai Peninsula, the connection with gold deposits, and the methods used to extract the mineral.

Hope, Alaska

Episode 10
HOPE Duration 10:27
Name Origin: Local lore tells the story of the town getting its name sake from a young man, Percy Hope, who arrived in town. However, it more than likely got the name from the optimistic miners hoping to strike it rich.
Historical Context: What was it like to be raised in a gold camp in the late 1800’s? This is the question that Matt poises in this episode. This episode focuses upon Bobby Mathison who arrived in Hope as a young lad during the peak of the gold rush then continued to live his life in the area long after the gold played out.

Turn Again Arm

Episode 11
Duration 6:39
Name Origin: The source of the name “Turnagain Arm” commemorates the Northern exploration of Captain James Cook.
Historical Context: This episode explores the idea, or rather the hope, of the existence of a short cut (a Northwest Passage) between Europe and the Pacific Ocean.

The town of Portage

Episode 12
PORTAGE Duration 10:05
Name Origin: The town site acquired its name from nearby Portage Glacier which provided a relatively safe and easy route for indigenous people and miners to travel between Prince William Sound and the Kenai Peninsula.
Historical Context: The town of Portage was abandoned following the 1964 earthquake. This episode takes a look at how the earthquake effected the Kenai Peninsula through the eyes of the 11 year old Tom Gillespie.