National Geographic : 1940 Oct
Photograph by Bradford Washburn Cordova, on a Strip Between Lake and Sea, Once Was a Bustling Copper-shipping Port A railway, closed in 1938, linked this southern Alaska city with the rich Kennicott copper country. More than $100,000,000 worth oftheredmetal poured through Cordova before the ore was exhausted. In its early boom days miners roistered in 26 saloons, one of which was transformed into achurch onSunday by lowering an altar from the roof beams. The collection plate was a beer mug in which silver dollars were dropped. Like most enterprising Alaskan towns today, Cordova has an airport (left center, on the lake shore).