The top two rows of buildings in this photograph of the small town of Haines, Alaska, USA, belong to the now decommissioned Fort William H. Seward, a United States Army installation that was constructed in 1904 and was the only U.S. Army post in Alaska before World War II
Haines is a small town (population 2,500) in the northern part of the panhandle of Alaska, USA, on the Inside Passage. Today the town is a fraction of the size of the 30,000 residents present during the Klondike gold rush (1898-1899) when it was an important supply center for the 35,000 miners who ventured up to the Yukon Territory through nearby Skagway. The most visible section of town from the waterfront is Fort Seward, part way up the slopes rising from the water. The last of the four canneries closed in 1972 due to declining fish stocks, though commercial fishing (both trolling and gillnetting) remains an important part of the local economy. Logging and sawing timber has been an industry around Haines but has declined also in recent years.
Our ship anchored for two days in the harbor of Haines, Alaska, USA
The view of the surrounding mountains from the pier in Haines, Alaska, USA
The former U.S. army fort buildings are now privately owned and house businesses, a restaurant, hotel, etc. at Fort Seward, Haines, Alaska, USA
“Fort William H. Seward, a United States Army installation, was constructed south of Haines in 1904, on property donated by the mission from its holdings. In 1922, the fort was renamed Chilkoot Barracks. It was the only United States Army post in Alaska before World War II. During World War II, it was used as a supply point for some U.S. Army activities in Alaska. The fort was deactivated in 1946 and sold as surplus property to a group of investors… who called it “Port Chilkoot”, thus forming the Port Chilkoot Company… In 1972, the fort was designated a National Historic Landmark and the name, Fort William H. Seward, was restored.” – Wikipedia
One afternoon a group of us drove about 30 miles/ 48 km out of town the nearby Chilkoot Lake, Haines, Alaska, USA, for an afternoon of kayaking
Chilkoot Lake in the summer swarms with a wide range of birdlife, including hawks, Arctic terns, blue jays, robins, hummingbirds and bald eagles (which we spotted), Haines, Alaska, USA
The intrepid explorer and your blogger leaving the dock for an afternoon of kayaking around Lake Chilkoot, Haines, Alaska, USA
Our kayak set against the Chilkoot mountains surrounding Lake Chilkoot, Haines, Alaska, USA
We could hear the roar of the snow-fed waterfall on the mountainside from a fair distance on Lake Chilkoot, as it was really calm and peaceful the sunny day we were out kayaking, Haines, Alaska, USA
This is the spot on the lake where the stream enters the lake – as we paddled by a flock of ducks swam by us, Haines, Alaska, USA
When we returned to the pier in Haines, Alaska, USA, we found this very “Zen” sign at the pier – reinforcing what a wonderfully relaxing afternoon we had enjoyed on Chilkoot Lake
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