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Glacier Valley Gazetta: A Glimpse into the Past

Glacier Valley Gazetta: A Glimpse into the Past

By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette

The pages of the Glacier Valley Gazetta are a fascinating look into Girdwood 51 years ago. This glimpse into the past comes from Gazetta Vol. 1, No. 2 in June 1967, which also celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the Alaska Purchase in 1867.

In a front-page blurb publicizing the newspaper’s second issue, Editor Hugh Cruikshank wrote the following to encourage locals and visitors to pick up his newspaper.

Looking for a Travel Guide That Doubles as an Alaskan Souvenir?
We invite you to check inside this, the second issue of the GLACIER VALLEY GAZETTA. There’s something of a lot of things: centennial attractions; background sketches of Alaska communities such as Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Seward; scenic descriptions of Mt. Alyeska and Portage Glacier, as well as “flight seeing”; a detailed map of a new Forest Service hiking trail on the Kenai Peninsula; highway reports; plus odds and ends of editorials, facts and humor.