Tenakee Springs, Alaska is a dirt road town with a 10 mile per hour speed limit. Time seems to slow down. Few interactions are in passing. Residents actually bathe together in a communal hot springs sheltered from the rain. And now, there’s a place where time comes to a complete standstill. During a reporting trip around Chichagof Island, KCAW visited the new Tenakee Springs Museum housing the history of this storied southeast town. A cigar box of keys has become a fundraising tool, as members commit their support and claim a key. Visit the Museum for yourself. Story link in our bio. #tenakeesprings #alaska #chichagofisland #tenakeespringsmuseum #ravenreporter
During the latter period of my time in Southeast Alaska the small roadless community of Tenakee Springs was usually my final destination in September during the 1990s. I started out at Angoon on Admiralty Island, paddled across Chatham Strait to my camp at Point Hayes and then when the whales had moved on I followed them up into Tenakee Inlet. I became as familiar a seasonal migrant to the friendly local people as the humpback whales, especially in the old store, which you can see here at the end of the ferry dock on the right. Opposite it is the building housing the famous hot springs, which was a great asset to me for a good soak after a hard day's paddling with the whales. It's open to women in the daytime and men all night, and quite often I had it to myself late evening. It's in a natural cleft in the rocks, which is big enough for ten people to soak and just the right temperature. Tenakee Springs has long been used by the Tlingit Indians, the name Tenakee being Tlingit in origin. At one point Tenakee was known as “Robbers Roost” stemming from bank robbers and other outlaw types reportedly hiding out here. The most notorious of these were members of the Soapy Smith gang who were said to have settled here after Smith’s death in 1899. Gambling and prostitution were part of the rowdy frontier town. There was no reliable law and order here in until 1917 when Deputy U.S. Marshall and a U.S. Commissioner began making regular visits.
Look at what the home school students of Tenakee Springs helped me test run this week while I was visiting scientist! These young Southeast Alaskans sure did a great job! I enjoyed watching the high schoolers direct the elementary students with their pinning enthusiasm! Dr. Michelle Ridgeway, visiting scientist last year, would have been so proud of them!.. The students, parents, and teacher Megan Moody are planning a Juneau science field trip in April to participate in the Annual AFS-CFOS Student Symposium and first ever Lena Point CFOS Open House to the public! I hope they present their version of this game video and results from a zooplankton project they are starting! #pribsbluesmuse #pribilofislands #tenakeesprings #kingofthepribs #zooplankton #K12education #bluekingcrab #redkingcrab #goldenkingcrab #uafcfos #noaa #adfg #nprb #nprbarctic
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Bye. Bye #TenakeeSprings
. You will be fondly remembered for your #hotsprings
bathing house, kayaking with seals, hiking in bear county, shaking the #juice
at the party, and your open, inviting community.