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January 23, 2020 Karen Lewis


Joseph Cooper discovers gold in what is now known as Cooper Landing. Cooper Landing, Cooper Lake, and Cooper Creek are all named for him.



  1. The Cooper Landing Post Office was established in 1937. Today the historic post office is located at the site of the Cooper Landing Museum at Milepost 48.7 of the Sterling Highway (Cooper Landing Historical Society)
  2. A bus bound for Seward is parked near the Cooper Landing Store. (Courtesy of Alaska State Library, Skinner Foundation. Photographs, Alaska Steamship Company, 1890s-1940s. ASL-PCA-44)
  3. The covered bridge at Schooner Bend, built in 1929, was the northernmost covered bridge in North America and spanned the Kenai River near Cooper Landing. It was was torn down in 1955. (Cooper Landing Historical Society)
  4. Jack Lean, a Cooper Landing resident, delivered mail with his dog team known as the White Special. The cabin that Lean constructed eventually became the Cooper Landing post office. (Cooper Landing Historical Society)