There are no paved roads in Port Alexander, just boardwalks. This one connects a harbor with the town's Main Street.
From left, Karen Lucas, Sean Cavlan, Tommy Corso and Kevin Mulligan walk into town from P.A.'s front dock. Residents who live on the other side of town, known as "Tract B," or "B-side," must cross the water in a skiff to come over to "Tract A."
The Port Alexander Museum sits inside an old house at one end of town. It's surrounded by forest, salmonberry bushes, and foxglove.
Mike Stempe reads remarks prepared by Mark Kirchhoff at the Port Alexander centennial celebration on July 13, 2013, as some of the crowd sit on the steps of the museum behind him.
Karen Lucas goes through some boxes behind a display case inside the Port Alexander museum. Lucas runs the local historical society.
Pete Mooney stands inside Bear Hall. Now a community center, Bear Hall was Port Alexander's original school. Mooney came to P.A. as a teacher, and now runs Laughing Raven Lodge.
Mooney says he likes the freedom Port Alexander has to offer. "The more people, the more laws," he says.
Bill and Kim Luedke have been paid weather observers for more than 11 years. The couple shares the job, taking turns making observations every two hours. Their data helps forecasters and pilots in Southeast Alaska. (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)
Bill Luedke sends weather data to Juneau from a desk in his Port Alexander home. Next to him are two barometers and, on the shelfs above, hundreds of sheets of handwritten weather data from the last few years.
Michael Luedke works at the Problem Corner Cafe the summer after his graduation from high school. He was one of three members of the Port Alexander School's class of 2013. He's headed to college at UAS in Juneau this year, but hopes to live in Port Alexander as an adult.
Two children play on scooters along the boardwalks by the Port Alexander School. In Alaska, schools need 10 students to remain open, and the student population is a perennial worry in P.A.
Ember Livingston recently moved to Sitka, but prior to the move, she ran the Problem Corner Cafe.
Mike Stempe has been photographing the town and its residence since the early 1980s. Stempe is a retired teacher who spends summers in P.A., and the rest of the year in northern California.
Stained glass in the window of the Port Alexander Museum.
Sage Martin listens to Bud Durdle play the bodhran, an Irish drum. Durdle, in addition to being a longtime Port Alexander resident, is a Raven Radio volunteer, keeping the station on the air in P.A.
Cordova Pleasants and her grandmother, Anita Statter, go through a book of historical photographs prepared by Mark Kirchhoff, Tom Paul and Mike Stempe.
Deb Gifford has been mayor of Port Alexander for more than 25 years. "The people are the government," she says, "not me."
Anita Statter came to P.A. as a girl from Ketchikan in the 1930s, and says she's seen a lot of changes in the town over the years.
Mike Stempe drives his skiff across Port Alexander's water. Like Pete Mooney, he came to P.A. as a teacher, and has remained at least a part-time resident ever since.
This token used to be good for a shower in the public facilities at Port Alexander's harbor.
Kevin and Karen Mulligan run the Fishermen's Inn, on Tract A, in Port Alexander. Kevin Mulligan is a pilot, and he says he worries about the future of the town.
Karen Lucas, in her kitchen.
Phyllis Mulligan and Karen Lucas at the boat graveyard in the back lagoon at Port Alexander.
Anita Statter and Cordova Pleasants stand on the porch of Anita's home in Port Alexander.
Cory Gifford and DJ LeMay at their home in Port Alexander.
When the mail arrives in Port Alexander, you can count on Mirabel Davis ("Mira," to her friends) to be the one unloading it. Residents says her work -- with the mail, but also through a host of other work she does -- is critical to the town's operation. She grew up in Port Alexander.
Karen Lucas jokingly demonstrates the "Port Alexander" farewell -- a way to wave at people as they leave, and still protect your ears as the float plane takes off.