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Wonder Lake Ranger station photo pair
Photo Credits: Unknown (Denali NP&P Museum Coll. 6-6.5) (1940), R. D. Karpilo (2012)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Human development and impacts
Human development and impacts
This photo pair shows the Wonder Lake Ranger Station. Once the Park Road reached Kantishna, and due to changes of the park boundary in 1932, there was a need for a ranger presence in the west end of the park. The ranger station was built in 1939 on the site of an abandoned gravel pit by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. In the 2010 photo, at the left, you can also see small cabins were added (in the 1960s) near the station for housing employees. You may notice differences in the appearance of the foundation between photographs. That is because in 1999 the station was lifted and moved to the side to allow for repairs to its foundation which had been built on a melting ice lens. Once the repairs were made, the ranger station was placed right back in the same location on its new, and more stable, foundation.