Alaska Gold Rush History & Genealogy

On Resurrection Bay on the southeast coast of the Kenai Peninsula, 125 miles south of Anchorage. It lies at the foot of Mount Marathon. It lies at approximately 60° 07' N Latitude, 149° 26' W Longitude (Sec. 10, T001S, R001W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Seward Recording District.

In the 1890s, Capt. Frank Lowell arrived with his family. As an ice free port Seward became an access point for mininng towns in the interior during the early 1900s. The Iditarod trail began in Seward, went to Knik on Cook Inlet then on to the towns of Flat and Iditarod. In 1903, John and Frank Ballaine and a group of settlers arrived to begin construction of a railroad. Seward became an incorporated City in 1912. The Alaska Railroad was constructed from Seward to Fairbanks between 1915 and 1923, and Seward developed as the ocean terminus and supply center.

 

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