View from Mt. Eva
According to archaeologist, Michael R. Yarborough, the first non-aboriginal settlers in the region were Frank and Mary (Forgal) Lowell. Frank was born in 1848 and died in 1923, and Mary was born in 1855 and died in 1906. They may have settled there as early as 1884. Mary's homestead filing indicates that she settled on her claim on August 15, 1888. The 1890 census showed that the family lived on Resurrection Bay near what is now Lowell Creek. The U.S. Geological Survey in 1911 indicated that Mary was "half Russian and half Knik Indian."
Although Frank abandoned Mary in 1893 and moved to Kodiak, she continued to raise her nine children on her own. They were virtually cut off from much of the world, but apparently lived a very prosperous subsistence lifestyle, building several homes and outbuildings in the area. Unfortunately, although she survived the abandonment by her husband, who divorced her in 1895, by 1903 she had sold to the railroad developers all of her holdings for $4,000 and 37 lots in the town.
"Mary Lowell was basically overrun by civilization," Yarborough said. She died in 1906 from tuberculosis. A number of landmarks carry the family name, including Lowell Canyon, Lowell Creek, Lowell Point and Lowell Glacier. Mount Marathon is one peak on the former Lowell Mountain. Additionally, Mount Alice and Mount Eva are named for two of the Lowell daughters. Mount Alice is the most prominent mountain directly across the bay from Seward, and Mount Eva is the peak directly to the north of Mount Alice.
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