Gold Creek near Juneau,
one of 25 Gold Creeks in Alaska. Photo by Sven Eric Franzen...
Many Creeks, So Few Names - A waterway close to my house
is one of five Pearl creeks in Alaska, according to the Dictionary
of Alaska Place Names, by Donald Orth. One might think that five
watersheds sharing the same name would cause confusion, but Alaska
is a big place, and there seems to be room for a few repeats.
Take Willow Creek for example.
Alaska has 63 of them. Twenty-eight Alder creeks are scattered
around the state. Spruce creeks flow in 22 different locations
in Alaska, Cottonwoods in 19, and Birches in 14. Prospectors
and others who mistook spruces for Pines misnamed six creeks
in Alaska. Those who knew their dendrology named four creeks
for Tamarack, two for Aspen, and one for Poplar. -
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