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Three Books on Bear Creek

This week our “Three Books on …” series takes us to Bear Creek. Here is a description of Bear Creek’s location and climate from the Alaska Communities Database:

Bear Creek is on the east coast of the Kenai Peninsula, northeast of Seward, between Mile 3 and 7 of the Seward Highway. It lies approximately 120 highway miles south of Anchorage. The community lies at approximately 60.211280° North Latitude and -149.308700° West Longitude. (Sec. 5, T001N, R001E, Seward Meridian.) Bear Creek is located in the Seward Recording District. The area experiences a maritime climate. Winter temperatures average from 17 to 38 °f. Summer temperatures average from 49 to 63 °F. Annual precipitation includes 66 inches of rain and 80 inches of snowfall.

Looking through WorldCat, we find these three books with Bear Creek as a subject, among others:

Fandrei, Gary, and Mark Thomas. 1996. Bear Creek (Tustumena Lake) sockeye salmon adult count and gamete collection progress report, 1996. [Soldotna, Alaska]: Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association.

Hanson, William. 1992. Three years of natural revegetation on the 1977 Bear Creek burn in interior Alaska. Anchorage, Alaska: Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office.

Waggoner, Van, Mary Ann See, and David Kelley. 1980. Bear creek fire effects program: effects of the Bear Creek fire on plant production in tundra communities. Anchorage, Alaska: Bureau of Land Management, Anch[o]rage District Office.

Join us next week as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Beaver.


2 Responses

  1. off the wall question: just finished enjoying 1972 movie, “mountain man”, about a loner in 19th c colorado.

    book by vardis fisher, it depicts a hermitic tradition that has pretty well died out on the lower 48.

    today, in alaska, with its vast wilderness, is that tradition of living the solitary life in the wilderness still followed?

  2. Hi Raymond, thanks for stopping by. I think this hermetic-type tradition persists to this day. It was alive and well in the 20th Century as practiced by Richard Proenneke. His book One Man’s Wilderness is well known here in Alaska. His life was also the subject of at least one movie. More information about Richard Proenneke can be found on the website of the Lake Clark National Park & Preserve at http://www.nps.gov/lacl/historyculture/proennekes-cabin.htm.

    Some of my Alaskan readers might know of people living a similar lifestyle today. Anybody?

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