Denali Borough



Denali Borough, AKGenWeb

The Denali Borough, gateway to Denali National Park, is located 250 miles north of Anchorage and 110 miles south of Fairbanks.

The borough embodies the best of Alaska: over 12,000 square miles (8.2 million acres) of extraordinary scenic and wild country, the highest mountain on the continent (Denali: 20,320 feet), extensive and productive natural resources, a diverse economy, and approximately 1,900 year round residents.

The Denali Borough was incorporated in 1990 and contains four recognized communities: Anderson, Healy, McKinley Park, Cantwell, and a number of smaller settlements. These communities are all located in proximity to the George Parks Highway, the major north-south highway corridor within the state. The Alaska Railroad also bisects the borough and serves the communities of the borough." - Denali Borough Alaska Website.


Denali Borough

"Throughout the Denali Borough and surrounding Denali National Park there are vibrant communities that are represented by the Denali Chamber of Commerce. From northern Anderson to southern Cantwell; from the eastern Park Entrance communities of McKinley Village, Healy and Carlo Creek out to Kantishna at the west end, the members of the Denali Chamber are here to serve your needs." -Denali Chamber of Commerce

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"The Chosen"

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us.". How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying - I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."

by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943."



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Borough Coordinator: Marsha Bryant

State Coordinator: Norma Hass

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