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This Is What Life In Alaska Looked Like In The 1940s

From 1912 until 1959, Alaska was a territory of the United States. As you can tell from many of these photos, Alaska was explored and discovered due to the aviation industry. Even today there is a high ratio of pilots-to-population. Unfortunately, during the years that Alaska and its interior were being explored, there were over 1700 aircraft wreck sites. The following photos were taken during the 1940s in Alaska and give you a good feel for what life looked like for a majority of the population.

Which photo do you find most interesting? Share any stories you have from the time period in the comments.

Casea Peterson
Casea Peterson grew up archery hunting, fishing, and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest. Motivated by her love for the outdoors she moved to Alaska to attend school and to spend time exploring the last frontier. If she doesn’t have a pen in hand or her nose in a book, she can be found out on a lake or up in the woods around a fire with friends.