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There are few colder sports than panning for gold. This did not deter Louise Gallop, former “Camp cook” and owner of a gold claim on Friday Creek in Kantishna. Many former guests and staff from the late 70s and 80s will recall Louise, clad in hip waders and rubber dish gloves, coaching curious visitors in the fine art of panning.

Louise passed away on August 6, 2013 in Anchorage at the age of 90. A New York City native, Louise first traveled to Alaska in 1959 and to Camp Denali in 1960. She moved to Alaska the following year where she taught school in Anchorage. Having her summers free, it wasn’t long before she returned to Camp Denali. During those summers Louise caught gold fever and eventually purchased a claim on Friday Creek. One of the nuggets retrieved from her claim is on display at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art where Louise was a docent and volunteer for 32 years.

A philanthropist, Louise gave generously to the Museum, her Unitarian fellowship and to other social and environmental causes. Without any family in Alaska, close friend, Nancy Bale, and Camp staff member, Carley Dunn, assisted Louise in her later years. Nancy helped self-publish a book of Louise’s little-known poetry, one poem of which is reprinted in this newsletter.

Photo provided by Jane Bryant.

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The Newsletter of
Camp Denali,
North Face Lodge,
& Parkside Guest House

November 2013

Edited by Jan Tomsen

Illustrations by William D. Berry 

P.O. Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755
(907) 683-2290

The enthusiasm of our staff is what makes our guest experience so memorable! 

General staff positions are available for the 2014 season, as well as the following professional seasonal positions: Dinner Cooks, Skilled Maintenance Workers, and Naturalist Guides.

Registered Nurses are encouraged to apply for any of our positions.

If you know of someone who would be a good fit for our organization, encourage him or her to view the employment pages of our website.

If What They Say Is True...

that life

begins at forty

I was premature

My second life -

not second childhood -

no- a whole, real life

began at thirty-eight

when I came here -

here to Alaska -

alien milieu

of wilderness,

strange life-styles,

different ways.

Turned forty-five,

I formalized my adaptation

in a rite-of-passage -

acquisition of

some twenty acres,

strewn with gold.

My summers there,

apprenticeship and mastery,

in part were spent

upon my knees

with chisel, dandelion pick,

trowel and spoons,

in part calf-deep

in icy water,

waders, rubber gloves.

My eyes

turned eagle-sharp to spot

one pin-point fleck

of treasure

to increase my hoard

or, more often, to assist

slow-learner tourists

to a “real” experience...

no salted dirt,

no tall, convenient trough

to stand at comfortably;

success not guaranteed,

but always found.

My forties, fifties, sixties,

early seventies

that second life flowed on.

Three decades plus

wrought changes

in the creek,

the tourists,


All things must end,

(another saying, that),

and so -

I’m on my third life now,

excepting memories.

© Louise Gallop

Used by permission of

Louise Gallop Estate

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