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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hope, Alaska

The story of Hope, Alaska unfolds as follows. In the year 1889, the little gold mining community on Resurrection Creek was growing but had no name. Miners agreed on a plan. They would name the settlement for whichever newcomer arrived next and stepped off the boat onto land. 

Off the boat came 17-year-old Percy Hope, a miner searching for gold. 

Population: 151

Location: The community lies on the 17-mile Hope Highway, which can be reached via the scenic Seward Highway. It is 87 miles south of the city of Anchorage. 

Portions of the town were destroyed in the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake.

Many of the original structures have survived

The log social hall was built in 1902. It continues to serve as the community's central gathering spot. 

Weddings, meetings and other town events happen here

The Cafe is one of the town's dining establishments

Hope has a post office, a library, two cafes and a campground. Hope is considered to be the best preserved gold rush community in South-central Alaska. 

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