Clipped From Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Plaque Honors Sheldon plaque commemorating the late j^ paque commemorang Charles Sheldon has been received by the superintendent. Mount Me Kinley national park, from the Boone and Crockett club of New York. It will be erected and dedicated some time in Juhe near the mountain which bears his name. Charles Sheldon first visited this area in 1906 while studying and collecting specimens of the DalL-sheep j and the Toklat grizzly bear for the' great museums of the country. Stayed In Region . In 1907 he returned, so enthused toy the wonders which he had found the previous summer, that he spent the next year in the McKinley region. This was in the days before the Alaska railroad when most of the area was still unexplored. TTje route into the area from Fairbanks was along the rivers—down the Tanana to the Kantishna and thence up it to the head of navigation. From this point a pack train carried him inco the unexplored and unmapped area of the Alaska range. On the Toklat river, about two miles below the present park highway, Mr. Sheldon set up his main cabin with the help of his friend, guide and companion. Harry Karstens, the "Seventy Mile Kid." Mr. Karstens, at present a resident of Fairbanks, was one of the first parties to climb Mount McKinley and later became the first superintendent of Mount McKinley national park. Started Campaign , Mr. Sheldon was so impressed by I the scenery and wild life of the ! region that, upon his return to the | States, he' started a campaign to have congress set aside 'the area as a " " ""— , — j park was established by an act of national park. Ten years later his efforts bore fruit when, on February 26, 1917, Mount McKinley national congress. When Charles Sheldon died in 1828 it was thought that a monument should be erected in his honor, but what could be a better'monu- ment than the mountain near his old cabin on the Toklat river which bears his name? The plaque donated by the Bpone and Crockett club will be placed so as to point out Mount Sheldon, a monument to a great naturalist.