Religion: Icebox Bishop

Half the Indians in Alaska are reasonably good Episcopalians now, but when Bishop Peter Trimble Rowe was sent out to convert them the territory was still just "Seward's Icebox" and the natives were more impressed by their totem poles than by the cross.

That was in 1895—a year before the Klondike strike. In all Alaska there were only three Episcopal missions, and to cover his diocese Bishop Rowe had to mush on snowshoes with a dog sled over distances as far as from Seattle to San Francisco, with no sign of life, no vegetation between mission stations. He learned to change his...

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