This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2008

In Alaska

• In 1929, Alaska pioneer aviator Ben Eielson and his mechanic, Earl Borland, were reported lost in Siberia on a flight from Teller to salvage furs from an ice-bound ship.

• In 1940, a Pan American DC3 left Seattle for Juneau, taking over the route from the "flying boats."

• In 1959, the seven residents of Chicken offered their community as an alternative to Palmer as a new location for Alaska's capital, saying "Each session would have to start in October before the road closed" and that the peace and quiet in Chicken would offer ample time for contemplation without interruption.

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