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train station  photo pair
Photo Credits: Denali NP&P Museum Coll. 25-5 (1940), Tamás Szerényi (2010)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Human development and impacts
Human development and impacts
Description:
This photo pair was taken from the Alaska Railroad Depot looking northwest. The depot buildings have undergone many replacements as train service and visitation to the park has increased. The 1940 photo shows the railroad station (which stood until 1988) under construction. Also notice what appears to be a dramatic invasion of shrubs into the alpine on slopes of the mountain in the background, Mt. Healy. Areas that appear to be bare rock or low-statured vegetation in the early photo appear to be covered with thick green shrubs in the later photo.