Alaska Yukon Place Names (Paperback)
Romantic history-filled names have long fired the imagination of every reader and visitor to the Northland. In Alaska-Yukon Place Names, author James W. Phillips takes the vacationing tourist, historian, and armchair traveler through the most memorable places in the Alaska-Yukon region. Since the most poular routes north to Alaska and the Yukon are the Marine Highway and the Alaska Highway through Canada, the entries of Alaska-Yukon Place Names include ghost towns, islands, waterways mountains and glaciers in northern British Columbia. Whether more interested in the scenery, the historic past or the fabulous yarns connected with the area, you will be delighted by the colorful towns of Alaska and the Yukon: Poorman, Shaman's Village, Chicken and Eek, and will have no trouble imagining the mettle of those pioneers who traveled Moose Pass, shot Sqauaw Rapids or panned in Pure Gold Creek.
This alphabetically arranged dictionary detaisl the origins and meanings o fnames for cities, towns and a representative sampling of remote native (both Eskimo and Indian) villages in the state of Alaska and the Yukon Territory. In addition it includes the name sources of many geogaphical features that are of historical significance
To heighten undersanding of the region, its history, and its developmant, many less prominent place names are included because they explain the flora and fauna (Fireweed Creek, Ptarmigan, Whale and Walrus islands), geology and topography (Platinum, Silver City, Pingaluk River). and exploration and settlement ( Bering Sea, Masaspina and Murir glaciers, Cook Inlet, Mount Vancouver, Sixtymile River, Hydaburg, Watson Lake).