Spencer Glacier, one of the whistlestops of the Alaska Railroad, was named for Edward A. Spencer, a timekeeper for the railroad. The year was 1905 when Spencer left camp at mile 55 late in the day without a lantern. He never returned. His body, travel pack, and papers were recovered from a crevasse one year after his disappearance. In 1909, the United States Geological Survey named the glacier in his memory.
Today, Spencer Glacier towers above the iceberg-studded Spencer Lake and the surrounding recreational area, where visitors can kayak, hike, and camp. In the winter, visitors can reach the glacier via snow machine, fat tire bike, or other winter sports travel, but summer access is exclusively via railroad. The developed recreation area is a relatively new addition to the national forest, as the whistle stop was only completed in 2007. You can learn more about different ways to explore and experience the area here.