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Riggs Glacier

Quick Facts

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Location

59 ° 10' 8" N,
136 ° 14' 37" W

Region

Hoonah-Angoon (CA)

Length

17 mi (27.36 km)

Elevation

3399 ft (1036.02 m)

Uses

Riggs Glacier in Detail.

About

in Glacier Bay National Monument, heads on S slope of Takhinsha Mts., 4 mi. SE of Mount Harris, trends SSE to head of Muir Inlet, 43 mi. SW of Skagway, St. Elias Mts.

History

Named by the American Geographical Society in 1947 for Thomas Riggs, Jr., 1873-1945; Engineer of the Alaskan Boundary Survey, 1906-13; Governor of Alaska, 1918-21; and United States Commissioner of the International Boundary Commission (IBC) about 1936-45. He was born in Maryland and educated at Princeton University He was in the lumber business in Alaska 1897-1901 and was with the Boundary Survey from 1903-05 before becoming engineer in 1906. He was in charge of the Fairbanks Division of location and construction of government railroads in Alaska before becoming Governor of Alaska in 1918.

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