Wrangell’s Best Attraction

I loved Wrangell and its people. Its best attraction was a state historic site at the mouth of the Stikine River, Petroglyph Beach. It’s in a semi-residential neighborhood within walking distance of Wrangell’s downtown. Our host told us that she and her husband often visit this beach to look at the petroglyphs scattered about that are still of unknown origin.

It is advised that visitors go to see these rock carvings at a reasonably low tide. There are several visible on this beach, and even tribal elders do now know their story. It’ s estimated by experts that these ancient carvings are at least 1,000 years old. About 90 steps lead down to the beach where they are, and some have been damaged by erosion and abrasion. However, I was shocked by their excellent condition and was truly amazed by them. Many have been removed and placed in Wrangell’s fine museum for preservation, so if it’s raining as it was when we saw them a trip to this museum will suffice to see several of the ancient petroglyphs. This museum is also a good place to purchase student garnets that only they can sell to the public.

Wrangell is said to be the 3rd oldest community in the state of Alaska. Kodiak Island was the first settlement with its town selling furs to the world and Sitka was 2nd. We visited Sitka too and it was clearly the Russian capital of this expansive state with many existing reminders of Seward’s Folly remaining like a Russian cemetery. I was surprised by Sitka’s clear division between commercial and residential areas. A town of about 10,000 landlocked residents, Sitka sits on the Pacific Ocean. The Stikine River descends from Canada to a spot near Wrangell, and it’s still a wild and interesting river that I will tell about on another day.

Hank

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