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TO AUTHORIZE THE COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR
AFFAIRS TO MAKE INVESTIGATIONS INTO ANY MATTER
WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

SEPTEMBER 20, 1955-MCKINLEY PARK
SEPTEMBER 21, 22, AND 23, 1955_-ANCHORAGE
SEPTEMBER 22, 1955_ELMENDORF AIRBASE

PART 2

Printed for the use of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs

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COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

CLAIR ENGLE, California, Chairman WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorado

A. L. MILLER, Nebraska LEO W.O'BRIEN, New York

JOHN P. SAYLOR, Pennsylvania WALTER ROGERS, Texas

J. ERNEST WHARTON, New York MRS. GRACIE PFOST, Idaho

E. Y. BERRY, South Dakota JAMES A. HALEY, Florida

WILLIAM A. DAWSON, Utah GEORGE A. SHUFORD, North Carolina JACK WESTLAND, Washington ADAM CLAYTON POWELL, JR., New York JOHN R. PILLION, New York ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma

CLIFTON YOUNG, Nevada LEE METCALF, Montana

CRAIG HOSMER, California GEORGE H. CHRISTOPHER, Missouri JOHN J. RHODES, Arizona B. F. SISK, California

HAMER H. BUDGE, Idaho STEWART L. UDALL, Arizona

J. EDGAR CHENOWETH, Colorado
CHARLES C. DIGGS, JR., Michigan

JAMES B. (TT, California
J. T. RUTHERFORD, Texas
Mes, EDITH GREEN, Oregon

MRS. JOSEPH R. FARRINGTON, Hawaii

E. L, BARTLETT, Alaska
ANTONIO FERNÓS-ISERN, Puerto Rico

SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRITORIAL AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

LEO W.O'BRIEX, New York, Chairman CLAIR ENGLE, California

A. L. MILLER, Nebraska WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorado

JOHN P. SAYLOR, Pennsylvania WALTER ROGERS, Texas

J. ERNEST WHARTON, New York MRS. GRACIE PFOST, Idaho

E. Y. BERRY, South Dakota JAMES A. HALEY, Florida

WILLIAM A. DAWSON, Utah GEORGE A, SHUFORD, North Carolina JACK WESTLAND, Washington ADAM CLAYTON POWELL, JR., New York JOHN R. PILLION, New York ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma

CLIFTON YOUNG, Nevada LEE METCALF, Montana

CRAIG HOSMER, California GEORGE H. CHRISTOPHER, Missouri JOHN J, RHODES, Arizona B. F. SISK, California

HAMER H. BUDGE, Idaho STEWART L. UDALL, Arizona

J. EDGAR CHENOWETH,'Colorado CHARLES C. DIGGS, JR., Michigan

JAMES B. UTT, California
J. T. RUTHERFORD, Texas
MRS. EDITH GREEN, Oregon

MRS. JOSEPH R. FARRINGTON, Hawaii

E. L. BARTLETT, Alaska
ANTONIO FERNÓS-ISERN, Puerto Rico

GEORGE W. ABBOTT, Committee Counsel

J. L. TAYLOR, Consultant on Territories
SIDNEY L. McFARLAND, Engineering Consultant

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CONTENTS

21, 63

Mckinley Park, Alaska--September 20, 1955:
Statement of

Pago
Garner B. Hanson, manager, Mckinley Park Hotel

3 Wayne D. Jacobs, Assistant Superinterdent, Mckinley Park, National Park Service...

1 Richard G. Prasal, park naturalist, National Park Service

1 Anchorage, Alaska-September 21, 1955: Statement of

Fred Axford, member of the Anchorage Port Commission.be 28
W. H. Chipperfield, Territorial land commissioner:

101
Col. Carl Y. Farrell, district engineer, Corps of Engineers,
United States Army, Anchorage

8.1 Phil R. Holsworth, commissioner of mines for the Territory of Alaska,

92 Hon. Wendall P. Kay, speaker of Territorial house of representatives

111 William H. Mckinley, superintendent, municipal light and

power department.
George Matkin, city engineer, Anchorage.

33 George W. Nichols, city comptroller, Anchorage.

38, 74 Lee Ricketts, representing North Pacific Fisheries Association..

104 George C. Shannon, city manager, city of Anchorage_bae

20 William Stookey, president, chamber of commerce, Anchorage - 19 Mrs. Richard Stryker

56 Maynard L. Taylor, Jr., mayor, Anchorage

12 Anchorage, Alaska--September 22, 1955: Statement of --

John M. Asplund, chairman, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Trade Development Committee.

230
Robert B. Atwood, chairman of the Alaska Statehood Comunittee 273
Pobert A. Baker, member, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce 195
William E. Bittner.

265
Edgar Paul Bovko, corporation counsel, Chugach Electric Asso-

ciation, Inc., and Central Alaska Power Association, Inc.;
:lccomparied by Varlir S. Stewart, manager, Chugach
Electric Association, Inc., and acting manager, Central Alaska
Power Association, Inc., and Robert W. Retherford, consulting
engineer

13", 260
John E. Crou, Jr., manager of the Anchorage Chamber of
Commerce

195 Victor Fischer, executii e secretary, League of Alaskan Cities.. 176 Ken Hinchey, chairman, nik Arm Causeway Dam Committee, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

281 George D. Jackson, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce port committee

224 Bruce Kendall.

257 William J. Moran, United States Commissioner, Anchorage and

Whittier Precincts, Third Division, District of Alaska;
accompanied by Mr. Parsons. Alaska Department of Public
Health,

248 A. W. Morgan, superintendent of schools, Anchorage Independent

School District; accompanied by Dwight H. Newell, assistant
superintendent of schools; Don E. Fridley, assistant superintend-

ent of schools; and Julia H. Cato, school district tax assessor--- 121 Alfred A. Owen, Jr., member of the Alaska Senate, Third Division, Anchorage

189

ALASKA, 1955

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1955

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRITORIAL AND INSULAR AFFAIRS
OF THE COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS,

McKinley Park, Alaska.
The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 1:10 p.m., in the lobby,
McKinley Park Hotel, Hon. Leo W. O'Brien (chairman of the sub-
committee) presiding.

Mr. O'BRIEN. The hearing will come to order.

Will you identify yourself for the record, your full name and title, please.

STATEMENTS OF RICHARD G. PRASAL, PARK NATURALIST, AND

WAYNE D. JACOBS, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT, MCKINLEY NATIONAL PARK, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE Mr. PRASAL. Richard G. Prasal, park naturalist. Mr. Abbott. What is your capacity? Mr. PRASAL. Park naturalist. Mr. ABBOTT. And you, Mr. Jacobs, are assistant superintendent? Mr. Jacobs. Yes. Wayne D. Jacobs, Mr. ABBOTT. Now the purpose of the subcommittee's stop at McKinley National Park is certainly multifold. The staff members and some of the subcommittee members have consulted with Conrad Wirth, the Director of the National Park Service, from time to time. He asked particularly that if it were possible we stop at the park and look over the hotel facility; having the advantage of consultation with the people in the area office at San Francisco, those problems were somewhat pointed up.

I wonder if either or both of you gentlemen would just describe for the record and for the subcommittee members a little of the history of McKinley National Park, with particular reference to its operations, the attractions, and the visitor load as you have seen it. Then We will come, I am sure, as questions occur to the members, to some of the problems you have here. If you wish to include some comments on any proposed boundary changes, that would be quite in order. You can proceed in your own way:

Mr. PRASAL. As far as the history of the area is concerned, McKinley is relatively a new park, and even the knowledge of the mountain is a relatively recent thing, for actually the mountain was not known until about the mid-1800's. The Russians at that time reported it from the seacoast. Soon prospectors started venturing toward the interior of Alaska, and, interested in gold, they did not publish too much about the great mountain.

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