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Quigley Cabin photo pair
Photo Credits: J. M. Brooks (UAF, APR #80-46-248, Fannie Quigley Coll.) (1921), R. D. Karpilo (2012)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Human development and impacts
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Joe and Fannie Quigley were prospectors that spent much of their adult lives living in the Kantishna area. This photo pair features just one of their claims and their primary residence at the time. The Red Top Claim was active from 1920-1923, when miners extracted over 50 tons of silver-lead ore, hauled it to the Alaska Railroad by sled dog team, shipped it by rail to Seward, and by boat to Tacoma, Washington for smelter. Nearly 100 years later and the outline of their presence on the landscape is still visible. Disturbance caused by mining and building activities has exposed mineral soils and allowed different plants to colonize abandoned sites. Notice the deciduous trees and willows that have grown at nearly all of the former building sites, and along the roads that connected them. Taking notice of the distribution of different vegetation types can often provide clues as to what types of disturbances have occurred in the past.