Today I painted a place that is dear to my heart; the Depot in Palmer, Alaska. Trains that carried coal from Chickaloon to Seward during the 1st World War caused the railroad to pass through the tiny community of Palmer. The depot was built in 1935 to receive the 203 colonist families from Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota who transplanted to Palmer as a result of Roosevelt's Federal Government Relief program and the area exploded into a well-defined community surrounding a brand new official town with a school, a hospital, and a general store. The Colonists were assigned 40 acres each to clear and plant crops. Over half left after the first year in the Last Frontier. Of the ones who remained to tough it out, the rewards of living in one of the most beautiful places on earth in a close-knit community of hard-working, good-hearted people far outweighed the trials and tribulations of starting over in Alaska.
My kids went to school with descendants of the original Colonists. The train no longer stops at the depot, but it's preserved and used as Palmer's Community Center. I've been to countless weddings, crafts shows, Christmas Festivals and art shows there.
8" x 10" / Oil on Museum Quality Canvas Panel
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