Rogers-Post Site

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Rogers-Post Site
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
Rogers-Post Site is located in Alaska
Rogers-Post Site
Location Near Walakpa River mouth, about 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Barrow
Nearest city Barrow, Alaska
Coordinates 71°09′15″N 157°03′50″W / 71.15412°N 157.064°W / 71.15412; -157.064Coordinates: 71°09′15″N 157°03′50″W / 71.15412°N 157.064°W / 71.15412; -157.064
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1935
Architect Will Rogers Memorial; Jesse Stubbs
NRHP reference # 80004564[1]
AHRS # BAR-005
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 22, 1980
Designated AHRS December 23, 1971

The Rogers-Post Site, located on the North Slope of the U.S. state of Alaska, is the location of a plane crash that killed humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post on August 15, 1935, during an aerial tour of Alaska. It is about 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Barrow, on the north side of Walakpa Bay near the mouth of the Walakpa River. The flight was described by the AP [2] as prelude to a planned Trans-Siberian flight to Moscow. The pair were flying from Fairbanks to Barrow when they encountered fog and low-visibility. Locating a hole in the fog at Walakpa Bay, they landed. They spent some time with a small party of Alaska Natives and received directions for the short distance remaining to Barrow. They were barely airborne, around 50 feet (15 m), when the motor failed. The aircraft plummeted into the lagoon and overturned. It was the first fatal air accident Barrow had known.

The first monument at the site was dedicated three years after the crash and financed through nationwide public subscription. It was designed in Oklahoma, home of both Rogers and Post, and built from poured concrete. The design was essentially two cubes, the smaller atop the larger, with a pink granite memorial marker quarried near the Rogers family home in Claremore, Oklahoma. The elaborate dedication ceremonies involved a four-way CBS radio broadcast from Barrow, the United States Capitol, the Oklahoma State Capitol, and the Texas State Capitol.

The second monument, built 15 years later, is a concrete obelisk consisting of four diminishing rectangular blocks, and is more slender and almost 10 feet (3 m) taller than the first monument. It was built by then 72-year-old Jesse Stubbs (November 30, 1879 – March 14, 1960), who claimed to be a childhood friend of Rogers and arrived in Anchorage in summer 1953 intending to walk from there to Barrow, only getting as far as Fairbanks where he, and his dog Quacco, caught a plane flight for the remainder of the journey. The Stubbs monument memorializes not only Rogers and Post, but also the Alaskan veterans of World War II. Both monuments overlook the lagoon crash site.

The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]