In the Alaska Digital Archives, you’ll find lots of treasures, including this story from Ruben Gaines, an early Anchorage radio broadcaster who told stories on the radio. 

This one features a tale about a 1900 U.S. Census taker, who had to travel by dog team to do his work, which Gaines describes as both “harrowing and hilarious.”

Fast-forward 150 years later. The census may not be quite as colorful, but it’s still as challenging as ever. Here’s an excerpt from the broadcast, to bring perspective to this one-every-ten-year process, still very different from the rest of the United States.

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