[Various places in Alaska & California. 1917-1920]. Includes one large colored folding map, 20 x 40 inches; three folding blueprint maps (two of them 13 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches, the third 9 1/4 x 13 inches); a folding cross- section; four photographs (three of them 3 1/4 x 5 inches, mounted to card - one a cyanotype); three folding printed legal documents; a pp. typed letter, signed, to the manager of the company; and a pamphlet on coal mining (see below). Large map with stains in margins, small areas of separation at cross-folds. Other items with light wear. Overall, very good. Item #WRCAM48579
An interesting archive relating to the early operations of the Chickaloon Coal Company of Chickaloon, Alaska. Chickaloon, located some seventy-five miles up the Matanuska River from Anchorage, remains an area of interest to those who would mine coal there. The company was founded in 1917 by a Californian who leased the land for his mines from the federal government. The collection documents the formation of the company and its capitalization, and includes maps of the area. The largest of the maps is a USGS "Topographical Map of Lower Matanuska Valley Alaska," dated 1918 and based on surveys done in 1909 and 1913. The location of the "Anthracite Ridge" is printed on the maps, and lots 10, 11, and 12 of the Chickaloon Coal Company are highlighted in red ink, as are a couple other areas of concern to the company. The two larger blueprint maps show the progress of prospecting in Leasing Unit No. 11, one of them corrected to April 7, 1918, the other to June 1, 1918, with shading showing the work done in various months. The smaller blueprint map, dated June 13, 1918, shows the proposed wagon road from Chickaloon to King River. The cross- section shows the "folding of measures" in the Chickaloon area. The three printed legal documents were all executed in California. The earliest is dated 1917 and early 1918, being an indenture describing the actions of Lars Netland of Oakland and his wife, in leasing coal land in Alaska from the U.S. government. The second document, dated Feb. 15, 1918, records the loan of $4000 by M.J. Fontana to the Chickaloon Coal Company in return for stock in the company. The third document, dated ten days later, pertains to the issuance of shares in the company. Fontana is the largest shareholder by far, followed by Lars Netland, A.L. Brizzolara, and W.A. Gompertz, the manager of the company. The photographs show an outcrop of coal disclosed by railway cuttings, and three others that show a ship, one of the pictures a cyanotype. The typed letter is dated June 27, 1918 and is addressed to W.A. Gompertz, manager of the company. The subject is the drilling process, and different techniques, locations, and angles that might work, including the use of diamond drill bits. Also included is a copy of a 1920 government-issued pamphlet entitled MINING IN THE MATANUSKA COAL FIELD AND THE WILLOW CREEK DISTRICT ALASKA by Theodore Chapin, which discusses the work of the Chickaloon mining company.