Old Alaska Maps
I put this on the hiking thread because when I hike into certain areas I like to take a copy of a new map AND the old map if one is available. This site is Alaskas Digital Archives where close to a thousand maps of Alaska are on file. Some are vague and primarily of historical value, while others are quite detailed for individual areas. You can click on the maps to enlarge them.
list of all maps
and my personal favorite is the Sleem map for Kenai Peninsula. I have located pre-1910 cabin ruins with this map.
with Sleem's central alaska map coming in as a close second.
alaska digital archives is a great site for digitally stored old alaska photos, historical books and papers and well worth bookmarking on your computer.
more old alaska maps. the usgs issued several great early maps in the older mining books.
click on the quadrant for the area you are interested in. a list of government publications and maps will show up.
for the kenai peninsula folks i've picked your map out for you. the 1915 map, its a big download @ 11.22MB but this is a really cool old map.
the task bar that shows up on a downloaded map will allow you to enlarge it by hitting the + sign, and you can save the map to your desktop through the task bar.
I first ran across the Sleem map in a book called Wolf Creek Lodge.
He had lots right, but totally mixed Crescent Lake up with Lost Lake
I am impressed you caught that. I did some research before on the name change from the Sleem map of Lost Lake to the modern name of Crescent Lake. When I hike trails I spend a fair amount of time learning the history around them. From a book called Dictionary of Alaska Place Names by Donald Orth, 1967 it lists Crescent Lake with a "variation name of Lost Lake", so they acknowledge it was known as that at one time. But it also says Crescent Lake= So named in 1952 by USGS "because of the shape of the lake".
When USGS created the base maps for alaska in the 1950's I noticed they changed a lot of place names from what it was known as before. Hey even at one time the mighty Kenai River was called the Kaknu River.
Geographic Dictionary of Alaska, 1901
Kenai; village, at mouth of Kaknu river, on eastern shore of Cook inlet. A forti-
fied post was established here by Grigor Konovalof, commanding the ship
St. George, of the Lebedef-Lastochkin Company, in August, 1791, and
called fort or redoubt St. Nicholas or St. Nicolas or St. Nikolas. On a
Russian map of 1802 it is called Pavlovskaia, i. e., Paul, and a manuscript
note says fort De Pawlofsk. In the summer of 1869 there was a military
post of the United States here called Fort Kenai, and by this name Kenai,
a native name, the place is now known. A post-office, Kenai, was estab-
lished here in February, 1899
just as an aside...here is my research for the different name spellings of Kasilof over the last few hundred years. Now thats a lot of name changes.
Great links, thanks. I love old maps as well. Here is a great one, 1908 Fairbanks. Im big into mining history, so this ones great.
1908 Fairbanks District
Yep thats a nice map. I see on the credits for the map the name of topographer R. H. Sargent who also did some work down on the Kenai Peninsula. And it mentions Alfred H. Brooks who wrote a fine book I have on the shelf called Blazing Alaskas Trails, 1953. You'll like it. Both of them great pioneers. Those early USGS boys did good work !