Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cannery Ruins at Taku

Cannery Ruins Art Gallery, Taku Harbor
Got d' Fever and Uno at Taku Harbor Dock
We arrived in Taku Harbor on Mother’s Day, May 10th, at 4:20pm with enough daylight left to explore the ruins ashore of an old cannery operation from the early 1900’s.  Boaters can anchor in the bay or tie-up at the well maintained guest dock for easy access to shore.  In addition to the ruins, a Forest Service Cabin is available for rent for those wanting a wilderness experience.  
Fresh Water Supply, Taku
These cabins are quite popular throughout Alaska for tourists and locals alike.  The cabins have wood-burning stoves, picnic tables, and built-in wooden bunks.  The last entry in the guest book was on the day we arrived, signed by a couple from Ecuador who were touring the area by boat.  Our friend Phil told us that it is a tradition to leave something for the cabin.  
Cannery Boiler and Empty Home, Taku
We still had firewood that we had purchased in Anacortes, Washington to use for roasting marshmallow’s but never used the wood, we took the bundle of wood up to the cabin and left it by the stove for someone else to enjoy.  Taku was once the site of a Hudson’s Bay trading post established in 1840 and was named after a band of the Tlingit Tribe. 

Silent Voices in the Wilderness

Cannery Ruins, Taku Harbor
There are no remains from this era but the old cannery ruins are quite interesting – several homes, bunkhouses, the old pier, and pieces of equipment can be found throughout the area.  
Art in the Wilderness, Taku Harbor
We had a great time exploring the site and identifying various equipment used in the canning process.  
Belt Wheels, Taku Cannery
Some creative person or persons attached many of the pieces on top of pilings left from the old pier, creating an art gallery in the wilderness.  
Cannery Bunkhouses (in background)
Cannery Bunkhouse, Taku Harbor
Many other pieces still lie on the ground and are left as found for other visitors to discover and enjoy.  
Stories Untold
Cannery Workshop, Taku Harbor
Windows in the homes are dark and forlorn; I peered up wondering who might have lived and worked here, and what stories remain untold.

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