040 – 1918 Flu

Almost 100 years ago Alaska faced a devastating pandemic. In this episode we dive deep into the newspaper archives and handwritten journal of the Territorial Governor at the time, Thomas Riggs Jr.

“Tom Riggs. Afterwards Governor of Alaska – Nice chap.
We crossed the river & had dinner at his cabin.”
Thomas Riggs Jr. at the Arctic shore upon completing
the survey of the Alaska-Canada border on July 15, 1912.