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The History of the North Station
On December 27, 1888, Lewis Howard North set out on a hiking expedition from Inuvik, Northwest Territories to the North Pole. North and his small team were set out to mark the first time anyone had ever walked to the North Pole across the frozen Arctic Ocean. North had three other team members to help navigate and carry essential supplies. They were:
Keowa Alooquin - Indian Guide
Samuel Gates - Hunter/Handler
Jonathan Bridges - Handler
Current Status: In Production
Expected Release: 2019
Written and Directed by: Christopher Pike
RICHARD GARDNER - John Wheaton
ALLISON SORENSON - Stephanie Anderson
GRANT MIDKIFF - Leonard Kobbe III
LUKE TREMBLAY - Jacob Ballard
Four researchers from the Arctic Climatology Research Institute have arrived at the North Station for the annual polar winter study. While everything seems normal at first, one of them dies a mysterious death.
The expedition was doomed from the start. Just four days into the expedition, a brutal winter storm struck and forced North's team to stop. They built a temporary shelter and after three days, they were to start moving once again. On January 9th, 1889 while traversing down an icy slope, Gates slipped and broke his leg from a fall. The team was again forced to halt progress. Bridges volunteered to take Gates back to Inuvik for medical assistance and North reluctantly agreed. A stretcher was crafted and Bridges set off for Inuvik on January 12th. Bridges and Gates were never seen again.
After Bridges left, North and Alooguin made plans to detour more directly north towards Tuktoyaktuk instead of continuing on for Paulatuk for a quicker resupply. North and Alooquin never made it to either village.
North and Alooguin's bodies were not found until the summer of 1915 some thirty-five miles off their planned route. North's personal journal was found in a makeshift cabin he built to try and survive the winter.
North's Cabin found in 1915
According to his personal journal, they traveled for eleven days after Bridges and Gates left. Alooguin started to complain of stomach pains. When North made camp that night, he recalled:
"As I made camp this fine evening, the northern lights in full display, Keowa could not be settled. He was acting like a mad man, pacing and yelling at objects around the campsite. I tried to quell his nature but could not. He ran off without warning and with no return."
After several days, North decided that the best way to survive was to build a a structure to survive winter and head back to Inuvik in the spring. According to his journal, it took just twelve days to build the building in which he called "North Camp".
North's journal entries documented his last few days. He documented a hunt in which he shot a fox and ate it, however, he believed the meat could have been infected with rabies as he was aware of behavior changes early on but noted "it seemed a bit different". The journal entries became unreadable and vague. Sometime between March 14th and March 23rd, 1889, North died at his cabin.
A search party went out that spring of 1889 in search of survivors, but no one was found. It wasn't until 1915 that the North Camp was found.
North's remains were found on his bed and laid to rest near the cabin. The cabin was then torn down.
Lewis Howard North's son, George North, founded The Arctic Research Committee in 1919 in Inuvik. The committee's goal was to provide excellent research in the arctic region and provide expeditioners needed resources for exploring the arctic. In 1922, The Arctic Research Committee opened another research station in Paulatuk and in 1923, construction of the present day "North Station" was completed at the exact same site of Lewis Howard North's "North Camp" as a tribute to his legacy. Named the North Station in honor of Lewis Howard North, the North Station was initially a supply depot between two research stations. In 1942, Paulatuk was shut down by the Canadian Government during World War II to be used as an arctic military airbase and strategic buffer against possible Russian and German aggression. North Station was turned into a full-time research station with research teams coming each polar winter to study the changing climate and migration patterns of local wildlife.
In 1977, The Arctic Research Committee paired with the U.S. Study of Arctic Climatology in Anchorage, Alaska to form The Arctic Climatology Research Institute and began an international joint cooperation to study the arctic climate, wildlife, and the effects of global warming. It was also the year renovations were done on the North Station to upgrade weather radar and communications.
1997 brought improvements both structurally and to the satellite systems. The satellites were improved to make North Station's weather imaging capabilities the strongest within The Arctic Climatology Research Institute's network of stations. An extra researcher was added to the yearly winter study to bring the residents to four each winter.
Each researcher can bring their own personal items so long that they fit into one large duffel bag. Supplies are shipped in one week before the researchers arrive in October to ensure quality nutrition and health can be maintained without resupply until their departure in April.
Currently, The Arctic Climatology Research Institute operates eight research stations across Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia. Inuvik Station in Canada serves as the western supply hub and Marsk Station in Greenland serves as the eastern supply hub.
The Arctic Climatology Research Institute sincerely thanks you for your continued excellence in arctic research. What we research today will saves lives tomorrow. Thank you for all that you do.
North Station; 1944
Welcome to the North Station
North Station; Departure Day 2014
All names of people and organizations are fictitious and the historical record of the North Station is fabricated.