Here we are back in Alaska, 1917, with Alva Day. I'm sharing it is so you can study the steam donkey powered apparatus. Diesel power and modern hydraulics sure make things much easier.
I left his caption so you can see what the source negative looks like. I can only read "Deer Mt." easily. There is a Deer Mountain near Ketchikan, Alaska, and near Deer Mountain is "Fawn Lake." My best guess is that's where Alva Day was visiting in April 1917.
What is happening here, I can only guess well driller or pile driver..
Kenn on 22nd June 2015 @ 7:09am
Familiar with Deer Mtn. behind Ketchikan. My guess this photo is related to 353 which showed erected communication towers. But, I have no idea what this lash up is about. In the 60's, most people who didn't live in town or near a creek collected rainwater off their roofs into cisterns for their water needs.
Buzz on 22nd June 2015 @ 7:39am
Considering the steep mountain around Ketchikan, I am going to guess some sort of tram way.
L.E. on 22nd June 2015 @ 8:03am
Pretty light weight looking setup. If skiing had been more popular at that point in time, I would have have guessed it was for a rope tow.
Longshot on 22nd June 2015 @ 9:03am
When I said tram way, I was thinking of a cable system to slide supplies up a hill, but on closer look, it looks like a shaft going down into the ground doesn't it?
I know Alaska was the place to visit during Alva Day's early years, but, do you think he might have gone to Alaska to study early power systems.
Ketchikan had one of the earliest "Light and Power Systems". By 1910 the town was completely electrified.
L.E. on 22nd June 2015 @ 2:36pm
I contacted Ketchikan history writer, Dave Kiffer, about this photo. Hopefully he will personally leave a comment here.
This is what he wrote back to me.
"Fawn Mountain and Fawn Lake are located south about five miles south of Deer Mountain in Ketchikan. What is puzzling about this photo is it looks somewhat like Deer Mountain but not really. Deer Mountain does have the two peaks, the first peak is significantly larger than the peak shown in this photo, also the second peak is farther away in this viewpoint. I am enclosing a copy of Deer Mountain as viewed from the west. Although this is different angle, if the photo was taken at Fawn Mountain, but even from that direction (south) Deer Mountain doesn' t look like the peaks in the photo.
It is possible that this viewpoint doesn't show the main peak, only the second one and the third small bump past it, but if that is the case the ridge line should continue straight ouf the right side of the photo and not appear to lessen in elevation. I have never seen an angle on Deer Mountain that matches this picture."
So....once again, Alva Day can leave us scratching our head with questions. Dave's Ketchikan and Alaska history site:
L.E. on 22nd June 2015 @ 4:00pm
I had tried to match this view in Google Earth but was unable to find a perfect match, so I understand Dave Kiffer's trouble with the ID. The strange part is that Alva Day had to add those notes when he was in the field in April 1917, as they are burned into the negative. This isn't a note added years later. If the note is wrong, that means Day was kind of lost when he took the picture!
Arthur on 22nd June 2015 @ 5:21pm