December 5, 2019 Rachel Blakeslee

May 1778

Captain James Cook reaches what is now known as Cook Inlet. Cook traced the outline of the Kenai Peninsula eventually sailing into a channel that he dubbed “River Turnagain”, which is now known as Turnagain Arm, due to the strong tides that required his boats to retreat.


IMAGE: Map of “Cook’s River” (David Rumsey Map Collection,