The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Lee Poleske
For The LOG 

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Mountain named for pioneer


Photo courtesy of Lee Poleske

Andy Simons Mountain pictured in fall 1967.

Andy Simons Mountain at Mile 20 on the Seward Highway was named in honor of the famous Alaska big game guide Andy Simons

Simons was born in Finland in 1882, came to America in 1900 and arrived in Seward in 1908.

Simons guided hunters on the Alaska and Kenai Peninsulas for some 60 years. He also served on the Territorial Alaska Game Commission for 27 years. He was married to Eva Lowell the daughter of Frank and Mary Lowell, who settled on Resurrection Bay in 1884.

The ceremony marking the dedication of the Mountain was July 2, 1967. The principal speaker was U. S. Sen. “Bob” Bartlett, through whose efforts the mountain was selected and named.

The mountain overlooks Kenai Lake, on which Andy Simons had his home.

Andy died in 1962. His home disappeared into Kenai Lake, during the 1964 Earthquake.

The commemorative sign was later moved to the Ptarmigan Creek Campground after the state acquired the land it set on from the Forest Service.

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