SMOKEJUMPERS: PAGE 138
2004 - OLD BETTLES GHOST TOWN
Summer Access By Boat, Helicopter, or Floatplane
Evansville Fire From Old Bettles Lookout
Aerial View of 'Downtown' Old Bettles
Smokejumper Mike O'Brien Surveys Buildings
Lodge and Outbuilding
Cast Iron Tank
Moose Racks On Cabin
Hunter's Cabin
Relics Inside Cabin
The first objective of firefighters battling the Evansville Fire was to protect the town of Bettles; a vital northwest link for Alaska's air travelers and toursits needing fuel and supplies.

Successfully diverting the main fire away from Bettles, smokejumpers turned their attention to protecting the historic ghost town of Old Bettles.

Once a bustling logging and hunting outpost, it's creaking buildings now succumb to erosion and decay inherent to the harsh climactic changes of Alaska.

The Evansville Fire left the old landmark untouched, and our walk through antiquated workshops, a brothel, and cabins was merely a quiet trip to a time long past.

Soldier's Cabin # 1
Soldier's Cabin # 2
Old Bettles Lodge

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