National Geographic : 2011 Jul
FLASHBACK PHOTO: ASAHEL CURTIS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STOCK Stalk King Alaskans may grow little produce, but some of that little grows big. The long days of summer sunlight there help some rhubarb plants---the first of which were likely introduced to the region by Russian traders in the 1700s---reach heights of five feet or more. In the early 20th century Henry Clark (above, in 1921) of Skagway, Alaska, was known as the Rhubarb King for his monster crop. Rhubarb stalks (and only stalks--- the leaves and roots are toxic) like his provided vitamins, fiber, and flavor to Klondike gold rush hopefuls who had few other options for fresh produce that far north. Today descendants of Clark's rhubarbs still thrive for Skagway resident Charlotte Jewell, who runs a garden business on the site of his old farm. "Our town became famous for its rhubarb," she says, "and Henry Clark started it all." ---Margaret G. Zackowitz O Flashback Archive Find all the photos at ngm.com. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ISSN 0027 9358 PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 1145 17TH ST. NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036. ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP: $34.00 U.S. DELIVERY, $38.00 TO CANADA, $49.50 TO INTERNATIONAL ADDRESSES. SINGLE ISSUE: $7.00 U.S. DELIVERY, $10.00 CANADA, $15.00 INTERNATIONAL. ALL PRICES IN U.S. FUNDS; INCLUDES SHIPPING AND HAN DLING. PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT WASHINGTON, DC, AND ADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES. POSTMASTER: SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, PO BOX 63002, TAMPA, FL 33663. IN CANADA, AGREEMENT NUMBER 40063649, RETURN UNDELIVERABLE ADDRESSES TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, PO BOX 4412 STN. A, TORONTO, ONTARIO M5W 3W2. UNITED KINGDOM NEWSSTAND PRICE £4.99. REPR. EN FRANCE: EMD FRANCE SA, BP 1029, 59011 LILLE CEDEX; TEL. 320.300.302; CPPAP 0710U89037; DIRECTEUR PUBLICATION: D. TASSINARI DIR. RESP. ITALY; RAPP IMD SRL, VIA G. DA VELATE 11, 20162 MILANO; AUT. TRIB. MI 258 26/5/84 POSTE ITALIANE SPA; SPED. ABB. POST. DL 353/2003 CONV L.27/02/2004 N.46 ART 1 C. 1 DCB MILANO STAMPA QUAD/GRAPHICS, MARTINSBURG, WV 25401. MEMBERS: IF THE POSTAL SERVICE ALERTS US THAT YOUR MAGAZINE IS UNDELIVERABLE, WE HAVE NO FURTHER OBLIGATION UNLESS WE RECEIVE A CORRECTED ADDRESS WITHIN TWO YEARS.