Carbide Drawings in Hatcher Pass Mines


On the rock wall of a mine in the Hatcher Pass area in southcentral Alaska is a five-foot by two-foot scrawl of the word “Seattle.” It appears as if it was almost misspelled, like the person who created it nearly forgot the second “t” and had to squeeze it in. The inscription was made using a carbide headlamp, which burned acetylene gas and produced a considerable amount of soot. In addition to using the headlamps as a source of light, miners would use the soot from the flame to write on the tunnel walls.

Palmer resident Adam Christiansen became fascinated with the carbide drawings after

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