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hotel photo pair
Photo Credits: Denali NP&P Museum Coll. 12-7 (1939), Tamás Szerényi (2010)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Changing treelines
Changing treelines
This 1939 photo shows the McKinley Park Hotel in its first year of operation. This hotel burned in 1972 and was replaced by a temporary structure that incorporated railroad cars as rooms. By 2001, enough lodging facilities were thought to be available outside of the park and the "temporary" hotel was torn down and the Denali Visitor Center complex (where the photographer of the 2010 photo is standing) was built in its place. Notice not only the dramatic changes in this immediate area, but also look to the high slopes of Mt. Healy, where the shrub- and treeline seems to have advanced quite dramatically over the 71 years between photos.