TERRITORIES: Gold Rush 1941

Fire, flood and boom all swept Alaska last week. The fire swept through Seward, southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad. The blaze started in the Second Chance Barber Shop, raged for eight hours, destroyed half the town (pop. 949). Army officers set up emergency kitchens, found shelter for the homeless. In the rest of Alaska, men were fighting not fire but water.

It rains hard on bleak Unalaska Island.

Day in, day out, rain lashes in from the Bering Sea. It rains so hard in Yakutat that fresh concrete is ruined before it has...

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