Previous photo pair1919 - 2011: Lowland Flood Plains and Terraces near Savage River2/26Next photo pair
cache photo pair
Photo Credits: S.H. Cathcart (USGS) (1919), R.D. Karpilo (2011)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Human development and impacts
Human development and impacts
Description:
This 1916 photo shows the United States Geological Survey party at a cache they built at one of their camps on an exploration of the Denali area. Crew leader, Capps (left rear), and crew members Perkins (left front), Reichart (left center), Cathcart (right center), Pendleton (right rear), and Hunter (right front) are pictured. Capps wrote in a letter on July 3, 1919: “We built an imposing looking cache here on which to leave our surplus supplies until we return in an week or so. The principle cause for concern is a raid by a bear, and to put the stuff out of reach we built a platform between three trees, about 10 feet off the ground, with tin nailed around the trees to make it difficult for a bear to climb. One of the boys painted on one of the trees this sign: “U.S.G.S. Bears keep off.” That ought to be effective!”