It has been a couple of days since I last posted something in my blog. Since I have not been in a very joyful mood of the last several days, I thought I would pull in a back up story for Barrow.
The pictures did not quite come out like I hoped they would, but here they are.
This first picture is the front of the monument. Will Rogers and Wiley Post were on their way to Barrow on August 25, 1935, when their plane crashed about 16 miles southwest of the village. There is no definite cause of the crash, but they believe that the gas tank was empty.
Will Rogers of course was the humorist that captivated the country while he was alive. One of his famous sayings, "I have no political party, I am a Democrat", could probably still be true for either party. The parties seem to be coming more and more confused as to what they stand for. I think it is time for the United States to truly open up the process beyond the two party system. Anyway, this is not where I was going with the blog. The memorial is in town by the airport since there are no roads out to the actually crash site.
Wiley Post as you may or may not know was an experienced pilot at the time of their death. He was well known for his experimental planes, which was one of the suspected causes for the crash.
The back of the memorial is just a statement of all the "important people who helped to get the memorial set up" in 1982, starting with the Governor Jay Hammond down to the last political person that could get their name engraved. (no cynicism on my part of course).
Anyway, this is one of our historic stories of Barrow, Alaska.
Peace and blessings to all.