Curtis and Loy Green manuscripts & art

Loy at his cabin up McCarthy Creek
Loy at home in upper McCarthy Creek, 1980’s

Brothers Loy and Curtis Green lived in the Wrangell Mountains from the 1960’s into the 80’s and early 90’s. During the winters, they were usually in remote cabins, up McCarthy Creek or at May Creek. Summers, they frequently were away from the Chitina Valley working, or lived in the little towns of McCarthy or Chitina. Along with Jim and Maxine Edwards of McCarthy, they were primary mentors for my wife Marci and me as we learned the skills needed to live in the place, and our close friends. In my novel Alaska Dragon, the character Les Brown is based on Loy Green, minimally fictionalized.

Loy & Curtis houses up McCarthy Creek seen from rock glacier
Location of Curtis’s and Loy’s cabins in upper McCarthy Creek Valley

Both Curtis and Loy left manuscripts giving insight into this ghost town period of Wrangell Mountains history, when the tide of economic development had receded following closure of the Kennecott mines and before its return with tourism. They are also very personal accounts of their relationship with its wildness.horizontal white spaceTheir unedited manuscripts are available here:

Curtis Green, “Recollections Chitina-McCarthy 1963-1987”

Loy Green, “My Life and other writings”

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Loy's art gallery in McCarthy
Loy’s art gallery in McCarthy

Loy displayed many of his oil paintings in his gallery in McCarthy. Photos of those are below. Others are in the homes of his friends. His painting, “A Typical American Scene,” is on the front cover of my novel, Alaska Dragon.

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Loy’s paintings at his gallery:

One thought on “Curtis and Loy Green manuscripts & art”

  1. My sister & I are reading Loy’ s memoirs along with our father, for the first time for any of us. My Dad is Glen Wadleigh, with whom Loy learned out to fly. This is a wonderful find for him, & his smile is glorious to see.

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