This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In some of his letters to the Philadelphia daily papers from the Pacific coast, Mr. Thomas Meehan stated that, for some reason or other even the reports of government officials had given the people an impression that Alaska was a frigid, worthless tract of land, and that it was a waste of effort to even give it a government. On the contrary it was blessed with a remarkably rich and vigorous vegetation, and even so far north as Sitka the thermometer rarely fell below zero. This statement excited much surprise, and some doubt. Now we note a letter in the Scientific American of March 29th, dated Fort Wrangel (which is in lat. 560) dated Feb. 24th, stating that the lowest figure reached the past winter was 1° below zero.
Instead of a worthless bit of country, we expect to see the time when there will be a railroad all along the coast to the mouth of the Chilcat, then across the peninsula to Behring straits, and from thence by tunnel under the 30 miles of water, to St. Petersburg and Paris - the whole way from Philadelphia to the gay capital by land, to the great relief of sea-sickly people. It is a far less impracticable idea than a railroad across our continent, over desert and mountain, ever was. The connection now with the North Pacific R. R. can very easily be made, and indeed we should not be surprised before long, to find this idea used to "bull" that stock.