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KNIK, ALASKA  1912

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There is very little left of the (once thriving) town of Knik, except for two buildings (the museum and a small cabin). In it's heyday, which was from 1905 to 1915, Knik had dozens of businesses serving the mining districts.

All that changed when the railroad tracks bypassed Knik when they came through the Matanuska Valley in 1917; Knik became a ghost town in less than six months.
All, but a handful of buildings were dismantled and moved to Anchorage or Wasilla, leaving no hint of the little boom town.

G. Stanley Herning lived in Knik from 1904 until his family moved to Wasilla in 1917, then he continued to go back to Knik to fish and to visit the Ellexson family for the next 25+ years. In 1978, Stanley drew a map of Knik, as he remembered it, in 1912. It is no doubt, the most accurate
account of Knik, in its prime, that exists.

 

To help decipher the names of some of these map entries, I've made up a map key (below) including brief descriptions of what I've gleaned from the Herning diaries about each business.


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NUMBER AND STANLEY's LABEL

OWNER
NOTES
1. OLD SWIMMING HOLE


ON KNIK LAKE
2.  B & H STORE

CHARLES E. BROWN and T.W. HAWKINS

3.  WC  MINES BARN

KLONDIKE & BOSTON GOLD MINING
& MANUFACTURING CO.
ORVILLE HERNING WAS
HEAD OF THIS EXPLORATION TEAM
4.  HUGHES BARN

WILLIAM HUGHES (1856-1923)
BOUGHT A  DENA'INA WIFE FROM AFFANASSA IN 1908
5.  HERNING BLACKSMITH SHOP

ORVILLE G. HERNING

6.  BAR



7.  McSLARTY HOUSE  

THIS IS ACTUALLY BERT McCLARTY
CABIN STILL STANDING IN KNIK
8.  JAP HOUSE

JAPANESE FAMILY LAST NAME WADA

9.   CANNON's  DOG KENNELS

FRANK CANNON

10. CANNON's  HOTEL

FRANK CANNON
PIONEER HOTEL
11.  OFFICE



12.  JAIL



13.  HOWARD BLDG  RENTAL AND CHURCH

REV. T. P. HOWARD
WASN'T OPEN IN 1912, DIDN'T OPEN FOR
BUSINESS UNTIL  12/1914 -- DISMANTELED AND SOLD TO DON S. RAE IN 1917
14.  KELLY  TIN  SHOP

FRANK KELLY

15.  BARBER SHOP



16.  CAFE



17.  PALMER WAREHOUSE

GEORGE W. PALMER

18.  PALMER   STORE

GEORGE W. PALMER

19.  PALMER DOCK

GEORGE W. PALMER

20.  DOWS SALOON

THIS IS ACTUALLY THE DAVIS SALOON
OWNED BY AL DAVIS

21.  HERNING DOCK

ORVILLE G. HERNING

22.  HERNING WAREHOUSE

ORVILLE G. HERNING

23.  B & H  DOCK

CHARLES E. BROWN and T. W. HAWKINS

24.  HOUSE

ORVILLE G. HERNING

25.  STORE

ORVILLE G. HERNING

26. HOUSE

ORVILLE G. HERNING

27.  BARBER



28.  HERNING BARN

ORVILLE G. HERNING

29.  WAREHOUSE



30.  CAFE



31. PATCHELL ASSAY OFFICE

JAMES PATCHELL

32.   STORE



33.  KNIK ROADHOUSE

FRANK CANNON

34.  JIMMONS

ACTUALLY SIMMONS
BOUGHT NAKEETA's HOUSE FROM
GEORGE PALMER FOR $150
35.  FARRINGTON DELIVERY

F. F. FARRINGTON

36.  KNIK SCHOOL


FIRST DAY OPEN WAS 12/12/1912
37.  INDIAN CHIEF STEPHAN's HOME

 BIG JOHN STEPHAN (1860-1916)
DENA'INA NAME STEPANKDA  -- FATHER OF
RUF STEPHAN
38.  MORRISON HOTEL CAFE

MRS. MORRISON  BAKERY/HOTEL

39.  MORRISON DOG KENNELS

MRS. MORRISON

40.  PRICE BOAT SHOP



41.  POOL HALL

GEORGE HERSHEY and TOM FULTON
(WASN'T OPEN IN 1912) DIDN'T OPEN
UNTIL THE SPRING OF 1913
BUILDING STILL IN KNIK/IT IS THE MUSEUM
42.  MADSON LAUNDRY

HARRY MADSON

43.  HUGHES HORSE FIELD AND HAY FIELD

WILLIAM HUGHES

44.  CANNON HOTEL GARDEN FIELD

FRANK CANNON

45.  FARRINGTON HAY FIELD

F. F. FARRINGTON

46.  BARTHOLF HOMES ON THIS FIELD

BYRON S., WILLIAM EARL AND CHARLES BARTHOLF

47.  HERNING's FENCED HORSE FIELD

ORVILLE G. HERNING



















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