America's last frontier
Backcast : fatherhood, fly-fishing, and a river journey through the heart of Alaska
Lou Ureneck.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007.
Alone across the Arctic : one woman's epic journey by dog team
Pam Flowers with Ann Dixon.
Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, c2001.
In February 1993, eight sled dogs and one woman set out from Barrow, Alaska, to mush 2,500 miles. "Along Across the Arctic" chronicles this astounding expedition.
Looking for Alaska
Peter Jenkins.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.

From the author of "A Walk Across America" comes a chronicle of people and places in America's last frontier, based on Jenkins yearlong odyssey in Alaska. Maps. 40 photos throughout. 16-page color insert.

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Seven words for wind : essays and field notes from Alaska's Pribilof Islands
Sumner MacLeish.
Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, c1997.
MacLeish's beautifully crafted prose illuminates the unique landscape of a subarctic island in the Bering Sea -- its abundant wildlife, fierce weather, and Aleut inhabitants.

Mt. McKinley

Alaska is our largest state geographically speaking and has one of the longest shorelines. Because of the great diversity of scenery this is a popular vacation destination whether you travel by cruise ship or prefer to rough it by backpacking through wilderness areas such as Denali National Park.

Denali National Park is situated between Alaska's two largest cities, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Denali, which means "the high one",  is the Native American name of Mt. McKinley. It is the tallest peak in North America and continues to grow by 3/4 of an inch per year. 

Alaska facts

Purchased from Russia in 1867.

Known as "Seward's folly".

Has many natural resoures including gold.

Alaska Highway was built as a military road during World War II.

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Scenery along the Inside Passage, the water route from Seattle to Alaska, includes spectacular views of waterfalls and glaciers.  Many lighthouses can be seen along the way. If you are lucky you will see whales and other sea mammals near your boat.

Wildlife seen in the wilderness areas include grizzly bear, caribou, moose, wolf, Dohl sheep, snowshoe hare, marmot, squirrels.  Birds that can be seen during nesting season include many birds that migrate through Missouri; these include swans, cranes, geese, and ducks.

Many travelers visit Alaska in the summer when temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees Farenheight in the daytime and 40 to 50 degrees at night.  As daylight hours get shorter the temperatures will become lower. The temperature also varies according to where you are. Northern Alaska will be cooler as will the areas surrounding the Inside Passage.

Start now to plan your journey to America's last frontier, Alaska--the majestic scenery will leave you breathless.

Yukon & Alaska history along the highway : a traveler's guide to the fascinating facts, intriguing incidents and lively legends in Yukon's and Alaska's past
Ted Stone.
Red Deer, Alta. : Red Deer College Press, 1996.
A traveler's guide to the fascinating facts, intriguing incidents and lively legends in Alaska's and Yukon's past put history on the move with this inside look at the remarkable chronicles and fascinating lore of Alaska and the Yukon Territory. With maps and photographs accompanying the text, Ted Stone retraces the route of the original Gold Rush trails from Skagway to Dawson City, then follows the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek to Delta, Alaska. Along the way readers meet fur traders and trappers, dreamers and dance-hall girls, stampeders and saloon keepers.
The Brooks Range.
Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, c1996.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 78) and index.
Scenic driving Alaska and the Yukon
by Erik Molvar.
Helena, Mt. : Falcon Press, c1996.
Author Eric Molvar makes plenty of stops on these drives through the North Country and brings along his knowledge of botany, history, wildlife biology, and anthropology. You'll find brief but enlightening explanations of pingoes, eskers, and suspect terranes. Molvar provides thumbnail tales of colorful, gold-rush era characters like Skookum Jim, Tagish Charlie, and the Mad Trapper of the Yukon. He also includes stories of the native peoples, abadoned mining camps, wildlife, massive glaciers, and expanses of alpine tundra. Molvar makes a rich landscape richer and a fantastic journey even more inviting. Don't simply drive north; know the natural and cultural history of the land, the villages, the lakes and rivers, and the people you travel among.
Way out here : modern life in ice-age Alaska
Richard Leo.
Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, c1996.
Alaska's Susitna Valley, bordering Denali National Park, is a bitterly cold and wild place in winter, a riotous jungle in summer, and teeming year round with big game and small. In this vibrant account, Leo describes life over the last 15 years with his family on a Susitna Valley homestead, accessible only by dogsled or foot. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Coming into the country
John McPhee.
New York : Noonday Press 1991, c1977.
"Coming into the Country "is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush. Readers of McPhee' s earlier books will not be unprepared for his surprising shifts of scene and ordering of events, brilliantly combined into an organic whole. In the course of this volume we are made acquainted with the lore and techniques of placer mining, the habits and legends of the barren-ground grizzly, the outlook of a young Athapaskan chief, and tales of the fortitude of settlers-- ordinary people compelled by extraordinary dreams. "Coming into the Country "unites a vast region of America with one of America' s notable literary craftsmen, singularly qualified to do justice to the scale and grandeur of the design.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff