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Colonist daughter and her pet bear cub

This image is titled "Deana Reitan, colonist daughter, and her pet bear cub." The girl was among the colonists who, in 1935, resettled from the Midwest to create a new community in the Matanuska Valley near Palmer. The photo by Willis T. Geisman is part of an album created by the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation. Alaska State Library.

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