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Cordova, Alaska

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The barge when it was brought to the site in 1964. It is a retrofitted, landlocked rigging scow.
Photo by Danny Daniels

Built in 1924 in Kodiak, Alaska it was named Berry #1. It worked the Gulf of Alaska as a pile driver and fish trap setter until it was towed to the current site just after the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. The site was once the location of a floating fish cannery.

Previously used as a machine shop, a home for a recluse and a houseboat for 12 years by the previous owners, Bob and Rose Arvidson, it now works as a bed and breakfast lodge.

The exterior landscape consists of a breakwater with a lighthouse, several bridges, a ship's mast and a statue of the Greek myth character, Sisyphus and his dog, Spot.

Sisyphus is a Greek myth character punished by Zeus. Zeus told Sisyphus he had to push a boulder up a hill forever. Of course, every time Sisyphus got the rock to the top of the hill it would roll down lighthousethe other side and he would have to start over. As builder of the statue, Arvidson's philosophy was that everyone has their own rock to push.

Eldon and Jan Glein purchased the property in 1992. They renovated the barge and remodeled a building next to it called the Gear Shed. Thus continues the history of the barge, Berry No. 1, working on Odiak Slough in Orca Inlet.

Current owner, Gary McDowell took over the lodge in 1998. All guest rooms have been renovated and the outside has a been given a great new look while keeping the nautical look in each change. Also introducing, complete adventure trips and excursions, with added sea food and home cooked evening meals.

The Cordova Rose Lodge L.L.C. has an authentic Alaskana ambiance; distinctive but laid back, classy with rough edges.


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