|Title||Family on a train enroute to Matanuska, Alaska, 1935 |
|Caption||The Matanuska Colony was a New Deal project in which families from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Chicago settled in Matanuska and Palmer, Alaska. Two hundred and three families were selected to become colonists. Each was also granted 40 acres of land, with the agricultural products to be sold through a farmers' cooperative association. Colonists were chosen first for their farming skills and then for other skills, such as carpentry, since they also needed to build their homes. The valley was chosen for the project because of its long but intense growing season. Within 5 years, over half of the colonists had left the valley; in 1965, only 20 of the original families were still farming in the valley.|
This photo shows a dining car captain talking with a family on the train bringing colonists from the Midwest to Seattle. Dining car waiters are shown in the background serving other passengers. The travelers would remember the journey for the rest of their lives. "What really impressed me was the train, " says Wayne Bouwens, whose family emigrated from Rhineland, Wisconsin. "We had a long dining car and porters standing around in white uniforms. In Seattle they had a big party for us."
|Notes||This is a copy negative from an original by Hewitt Photos, an Anchorage, Alaska firm.|
Caption information source: Fish, Peter. "The big valley - Matanuska Valley, Alaska." Sunset Magazine, August 2001.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): November 15, 1938
|Subjects||Railroad dining cars; Railroad passenger cars; Waiters; Stewards |
|Places||United States—Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||1986.5.5463.1 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Photograph Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI). |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Photograph Collection |
|Physical Description||1 nitrate negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from film positive using Epson Expression 10000XL as 4350 pixel TIFF image in 16-bit grayscale, resized to 700 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop CS4, JPEG quality measurement 5. |