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Three Books on Buffalo Soapstone?

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

Buffalo Soapstone is located on Moose Creek Road, directly north of Palmer and Farm Loop, west of the Glenn Highway. It lies west of Moose Creek and Buffalo Creek. The community lies at approximately 61.717770° North Latitude and -149.098350° West Longitude. (Sec. 21, T019N, R002E, Seward Meridian.) Buffalo Soapstone is located in the Palmer Recording District. The average temperatures in January range from 4 to 21 °F. In July, the average temperature range is 44 to 67 °F. Annual precipitation averages 16.5 inches, and annual snowfall averages 50 inches.

You can learn more about Buffalo Soapstone by reading their full profile from the Alaska Community Database.

Looking through WorldCat, we find ….

Well, nothing on Buffalo Soapstone itself. While I continue to hold fast to the idea that there is something in WorldCat for virtually every place in Alaska, no one bats a thousand.

All is not lost though. According to the Alaska Community Database, we find that there are several mine sites in the Buffalo Soapstone area: Baxter Mine, Buffalo Mine, Matanuska Sinner Mine, and Premier Mine. These four mines together yielded one book:

Alaska, and Woodward-Clyde Consultants. 1984. Buffalo Mine, Matanuska Valley, Alaska: reclamation plan and environmental assessment : draft final report. [S.l.]: The Division.

Darn. I wish there had been a book on the Matanuska Sinner Mine. That sounds like a story. Anyone want to write a book?

Join us next week as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Butte. That’s right. Butte. Alaska, not Montana.

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