Carlanna Lake Dam
Appraisement, Citizens Light, Power & Water Co. (early 1900s)
Author: General Appraisal Company - Donor: City of Ketchikan,
Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light!
Citizens Light & Power and then KPU
By June Allen
At the Incorporation of the City of Ketchikan back
in the summer of 1900, the little town on Tongass Narrows was
powered largely by optimism and resolve. The Alaska Gold Rush
of '98 had focused the eyes of the world on the nation's Last
Frontier. The courageous and confident were among those who "rushed"
north to participate not just in the search for gold but in the
founding of a great new American territory. Ketchikan's pioneer
founders moved quickly to develop such modern amenities as electric
lights and indoor plumbing.
In the meantime, kerosene lanterns,
either carried or hung on nails outside Ketchikan's rows of side-by-side
businesses, shed a shiny orange glow on docks or on the narrow
and slippery Front Street boardwalks after dark. Wood and/or
coal was used for cooking and heating for stoves in businesses,
cabins and even in tents! Alcohol and camaraderie helped to warm
the rows of waterfront saloons. Privies over tidewater and primitive
honey buckets sufficed for sanitation. With reeking stables for
dray horses and waterfront fish offal at low tides, brand new
Ketchikan was grateful for windy weather to blow the stench away.
Fresh water was in Ketchikan
Creek or "where you found it" in 1900. In a bow to
cleanliness, a hand-laundry business for the more fastidious
was perched by a creek coursing down the steep hillside above
where today's Red Men hall is located on Main Street. Famous
pioneer photographer Harriet Hunt had to carry buckets of water
from a creek to her second-story Front Street home in order to
develop her photographs. Volunteer firemen, without pump or equipment,
could at first only form a bucket brigade. - Read
the rest of this story by June Allen....
Tuesday - November 16, 2004
Named "2004 Trendsetter" - Hanley Wood's Public
Works Magazine named Alaska Congressman Don Young the "2004
Trendsetter" in their November issue. This cover story will
feature Congressman Young as one of fifty most influential, high
impact people in the public works business.
The 2004 trendsetters list
includes those who have defined policy, brought their community
or an issue into spotlight, or set the standard within the public
works industry. Those on the list are leading the way among today's
public works officials. Trendsetters could be a single person
or an entire organization, nominated by their peers, or selected
by the editors. - More...
Tuessday - November 16, 2004