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

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Sylvia Sexton Collection | Seward Community Library Museum

For more than the first half of the 20th century, Seward maintained its role as Alaska's gateway city with dog teams and then the Alaska Railroad delivering newcomers, goods and mail to points north.

For more than the first half of the 20th century, Seward maintained its role as Alaska's gateway city with dog teams and then the Alaska Railroad delivering newcomers, goods and mail to points north. Sled dogs continued to deliver mail throughout bush Alaska into the 1950s until airplane technology became dependable enough to take over the role year round. It wasn't until the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake destroyed port facilities at Seward that incoming shipping, in particular, shifted to Anchorage.



 

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