There will be cake and light refreshments at this year’s celebration of Seward’s Founders’ Day – an annual event that recalls the establishment of a railroad town at the head of Resurrection Bay on Aug. 28, 1903.
Resurrection Bay Historical Society invites the public to join the festivities marking the 111th anniversary of the arrival of the landing party from the Santa Ana steamship. There will be a reception from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in the Seward Community Library Museum at the corner of Sixth and Adams.
There will also be free admission to the museum, where visitors can look at displays recounting local history while listening to Sue McClure who will play music on an organ once used by the Christian Science Church in Seward.
The Ballaine brothers of Seattle – John and Frank – are credited with the development of the Alaska Central Railway, an ambitious project to build a railroad from the ocean terminus of Seward to the Interior community of Fairbanks.
Although the Ballaine brothers weren’t able to complete the venture, the townspeople celebrated two decades later when in July 1923 President Warren Harding drove the golden spike and people began travelling the full length of the federally-owned Alaska Railroad.