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HENRY P. KARSTENS. Diary Transcripts; 1913. .1 cu. ft.

Henry P. "Harry" Karstens came to Alaska in 1897 with the Klondike Gold Rush and later mined in the Seventy-Mile River area. He was one of a small group of men who laid out the town site for Eagle, Alaska. Karstens was known as a skilled outdoorsman, who, with his partner, Charles McGonagall, broke the first dog sled trail for the movement of U.S. mail from Fairbanks to Valdez. In 1906, he was a guide for the hunter and naturalist, Charles Sheldon, who was largely responsible for the creation of McKinley National Park in 1917. Karstens also served as the guide for a party of climbers led by Episcopal Pastor Hudson Stuck, who were the first to successfully climb the south peak of Mount McKinley in 1913. In 1921, Karstens was appointed the first superintendent of McKinley National Park, a post he held until his resignation in 1928, after having overseen the early development of the infrastructure and roads of the park.

The collection consists of a copy of a typed transcript of Henry Karsten's pencil diary during the 1913 Mount McKinley expedition which reached the south summit on June 7th. The entries in the transcript cover the period of April 25 to June 14, 1913.

The collection was presented to the archives by David M. Hickok in 1997. The original papers are in the archives of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

JAS (9/1998)