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The Phantom's Virtual Postcard Tour continues...


As we all know, Alaska is not the most convenient state to visit. There are lots of ways to travel to Alaska -- in good weather you can even drive to at least to part of it. However, many places in Alaska can only be reached by boat (or by cruise ship! FYI, to read about cruising, North to Alaska, click here), and other parts are accessible only by boat or plane -- very small plane. Nevertheless, Alaska is truly beautiful and well worth a visit.
Docking the passengers
If we were visiting Nome, Alaska in 1910, and the weather was rough, this is the way we would land. See the ship in the distance? Passengers were "barged" to shore from the ship and then off-loaded like cargo!
gold
The Alaska gold-rush occurred at the turn of the 20th century. Miners flocked to the frozen north in search of it. This old postcard is titled: "$150,000. One Days Sluicing Discovery, Little Creek." I wonder what that haul would be worth today?
(Both of these postcards are circa 1900, with undivided backs for address only and a small space on the front for personal messages.)
dog sled
Here's another form of Alaska travel. During the early days, the mail was delivered this way! This postcard is titled: "Bob Griffis, U.S. Mail Carrier, one mile in front of Nome, on Bering Sea, Alaska."
train travel
Train travel could also be touch and go in those days. This postcard is titled, "Scene along Seward Peninsula R.R., Nome, Alaska"
Walrus
Our last postcard is sort of hard to look at. Those are Walrus heads! The title says: "Heads of Walrus killed by Eskimo Hunters. Nome, Alaska."


Please join the Phantom  as our virtual tour of the US continues. So far, our tour includes the following states:

California, Oregon, Washington,
Alaska, Hawaii
, Montana, Idaho, & Arizona, Canyon Country, Texas, and Massachusetts.

Stay with us as we visit all of the United States, 
and who knows where next...

American Black Bear Postcards
Backs of the postcards
Cruising, 1970s style

Couples: rules to live by
Dangerous postcard animals
Dear Diary: Italy again
Driving the I-95  (text by Johnna Kaplan)
Not sure I'd want to see this
Old Hawaii
Old Motels

Other People's Vacations
Places I'd like to Visit

Postcard recipes
Side trip to Europe!
Spring in the Desert
Ugly Postcard Tour
Where My Friends Went, part 2
World Tour
The 50 State Quick Tour




Diannek, clevermag's editor, 
is affectionately known as
the Phantom to friends and family.

 

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