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The Story of Sitka The Historic Outpost of the Northwest Coast   By: (1862-1948)

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THE STORY OF SITKA

THE HISTORIC OUTPOST OF THE NORTHWEST COAST

THE CHIEF FACTORY OF THE RUSSIAN AMERICAN COMPANY

By

C. L. ANDREWS

Seattle, Washington

PRESS OF

Lowman & Hanford Co.

SEATTLE

CONTENTS

Foreword 1 I Discovery 7 II Settlement 13 III Progress of the Colony 27 IV Natives 45 V Churches and Schools 54 VI Social Life 60 VII Trade and Industry 66 VIII Sitka under United States Rule 77 IX What to See 92

ILLUSTRATIONS

Facing Page Lovers' Lane 1 Mount Edgecumbe 11 Sitka in 1805 25 Bakery and Shops of the Russians 36 The Ranche 46 Cathedral of St. Michael 54 The Madonna 56 The Baranof Castle 60 The Grave of Princess Maksoutoff 62 Sitka in 1860 66 Sitka in 1869 77 Sitka East on Lincoln Street 93 Interior of Cathedral 95 Russian Blockhouse 100 Map of Sitka 108

TO MY MOTHER

THIS VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY

DEDICATED

THE AUTHOR

Copyright 1922

By C. L. ANDREWS

Seattle, Wash.

[Illustration: Lovers' Lane, Sitka.]

SITKA

Foreword

The panorama of sea, island, and mountain, which holds Sitka, Alaska, as a jewel in its setting, is one of the most beautiful of those which surround the cities of the world. Toward the sea from the peninsula on which Sitka is situated stretches an expanse of waters, studded with forest clad islands which break the swell of the Pacific that foams and tumbles on the outer barriers. To the westward Mount Edgecumbe lifts its perfect cone, its summit truncated by the old crater whose fires have been dead for centuries; to the northward Harbor peak lifts its signal to mariners; the Sisters, with a gleam of snow and ice among their pinnacles, lie in the distance of Indian River; to the east is the arrowhead of Mount Verstovia; the glaciers glisten beyond; and the sweep of mist clad mountains, in their softness, beyond the bay to the southeast completes the circle.

Radiating like the spokes of a wheel, waterways with historic memories reach out from the town. Krestof Bay, where the early navigators cast anchor; Neva Strait, commemorating the first Russian ship that visited Sitka from around the world; Katleanski Bay, on which was situated Old Sitka; Silver Bay, a Norwegian fjord transplanted to Alaska; Lisianski Bay, named for the Russian navigator of a century ago; the inlet at Ozerskoe Redoubt and Globokoe (Deep) Lake; the island studded way to the Hot Springs; each with its individual charm; the ocean, with the deep, rich, marine tints of northern waters; the forest of blue, that folds like a robe over the mountains; the mountain summits beside the glaciers, clad in the exquisitely wonderful green of the Northland, all are delightful. But when the sun sinks low in the west, with the long, lingering twilight of the North, and the soft, delicate rays touch and blend with the water and islands, the mountains and sky then, in the mystery of the evening, is the supreme beauty of the land... Continue reading book >>




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