Our indexer Dee has finished describing all the photos of the Angier Family Papers, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Here’s what she says:
The Angier Family Papers consist of photographs given to Walter Angier from the Alaska Engineering Commission. During his time in Alaska, Angier was involved with the construction of a bridge for the Alaska Railroad over the Tanana River in Nenana, Alaska.
Tanana River Bridge, cementing abutment. (Angier Family Papers, UAF-1969-89-114)
According to his obituary published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, “bridge work was his particular desire” and “he was engaged in the design and erection of several important bridges, his specialty being in connection with difficult foundation work and heavy masonry.”
We have a chance to travel (albeit virtually) all around the Territory of Alaska in the year 1922 by viewing the photographs in this collection.
In addition to the many photos of railroad and bridge construction, we also get to see the Alaska that Angier and his cronies saw while building the Railroad. There are images taken in Fairbanks, Nenana, Anchorage, Girdwood, Seward, Ketchikan, Juneau, Cordova, and Wrangell. Hanging around with the A.E.C. crew, we also get to see the Inside Passage, Resurrection Bay, and the Tanana and Nenana Rivers.
Sit back and enjoy the scenery. Chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga, CHOOO CHOOOO — and away we go!
Train ready to leave Nenana for S. (Angier Family Papers, UAF-1969-89-50)