This video alone in the wilderness is a simple account of the day to day explorations and activities he carried out alone and the constant chain of natures events that kept him company. Thousands have had such dreams but dick proenneke lived them.
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The site is recognized nationally for its stature as an excellent and well known example of an alaskan bush log cabin.
Dave proenneke. He learned his carpentry skills in the us navy during wwii. Wood trails dave brock. May 4 1916 april 20 2003 was an american self educated naturalist who lived alone for nearly thirty years in the mountains of alaska in a log cabin he had constructed by hand near the shore of twin lakesproenneke hunted fished raised and gathered his own food and also had supplies flown in occasionally.
Richard louis proenneke p r n e k i. Getting to richard proennekes cabin. To many dick proenneke is thought of as a modern day henry david thoreau but there is one profound difference.
Proenneke lived in his twin lakes cabin for over 30 years and thoreau lived in his cabin on walden pond for just over 2 years. Dick spent 6 months in bed recuperating from rheumatic fever when he was still in the navy. Not to diminish thoreau because he did make a profound mark on american culture but proenneke has also.
One mans wilderness see more. Dick proenneke 1916 2003 dick proenneke was born may 4 1916 in primrose iowa. He found a place built a cabin and stayed to become part of the country.
The cabin and outbuildings were listed on the national register of historic places in 2007. Proenneke became a well respected mechanic gaining a reputation as an intelligent hard worker while employed in the alaska fish wildlife service. Flying to the proenneke cabin dick proennekes cabin is located in a roadless wilderness so unless they are backpacking from other locations in the park visitors arrive by small planes that land on upper twin lake.
It is also recognized for richard proennekes voice in the preservation of wilderness in alaska. Dick proenneke loved sourdough in fact he ate sourdough nearly everyday. Dick proenneke was the original survivor after serving in the navy during wwii proenneke succumbed to his love of nature and alaska and moved there in 1950.
Dick filmed his adventures so he could show his relatives in the lower 48 states. National park service one mans alaska available on national archives website httpscatalogarchivesgovid5834qproenneke national archives identifie. The sourdough from alaskas golden spoon has been passed down through history and dick proenneke had this very same sourdough starter.
He had 3 sisters helen lorene and florence and 2 brothers robert and raymond.
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