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Three Books on Ester (Special)


1) Thanks to some extra feedback on my “Three Books” survey, I’m definitely continuing the series. It seems it has a tiny but dedicated fan base and continuing this series also fits in with my impulse to share library resources.

2) In honor of the Ester person who left a comment, I am breaking my “by the alphabet” pattern in this series. According to the list at the Alaska Community Database, the community after Cohoe is Cold Bay.  We’ll get there next week. Today we take a special trip to Ester, Alaska.

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

Ester is located 8.5 miles west of Fairbanks on the George Parks Highway. The community lies at approximately 64.847220° North Latitude and -148.014440° West Longitude. (Sec. 07, T001S, R002W, Fairbanks Meridian.) Ester is located in the Fairbanks Recording District. Interior Alaska experiences seasonal temperature extremes. Average January temperatures range from -19 to -2 °F; average July temperatures range from 49 to 71 °F. Annual precipitation averages 11.5 inches, with 67.8 inches of snowfall.

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

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

Stone, Tamsin E. 1990. Adaptive reuse of the Ester Dredge, Ester, Alaska. Thesis (B. Arch.)–Montana State University, 1990.
Alaska. 1971. Final environmental impact statement for project F-037-1(25): Ester 25 miles west. Springfield, Va: National Technical Information Service.
McCombe, John George. 1927. A study of the gold-bearing quartz veins of Ester Dome. [College, Alaska]: Alaska School of Mines.

In addition to the books above, you might want to check out the Ester Republic, a monthly publication known to some as a newspaper which describes itself as “the national rag of the independent people’s republic of ester.”

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


3 Responses

  1. COOL! Ahem. There’s another book (I didn’t know about the other resources) that’s fairly well known hereabouts: History of Alaskan Operations of United States Smelting, Refining and Mining Company, John C. Boswell, 1979, history of gold dredging in Alaska, 126 p., $8.95. Quite a bit of this work discusses people and mining in the Ester area. Tamsin Stone was raised in Ester, so you can be assured that she knows whereof she speaks.

  2. PS: you’ve got a typo: you say the three titles list Coffman Cove in their subject. I suspect this is an artifact of a previous post?

  3. Hi Deirdre, Thanks for stopping by. I fixed the typo. Yep. I use previous posts in the series as a template for new ones and sometimes I’m too hasty in the proofreading department.

    Thanks for mentioning the other book. Generally I pick books mostly at random by their titles, although I’ll generally list the oldest book I can find that mentions a communtiy. Unless it’s a geology book and there’s something else available.

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