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Hajec Landing
June 2000 Henk Binnendijk

Hajec Landing

Eagle, Alaska

Memorial sign at Hajec Landing (or Hajek Landing), near Eagle City

In memory of Joe Hajec (Polack Joe)
One of the last of a tough, independent
breed of men that have vanished
along with the Last Frontier.
Shot and killed along with his mining
partner Dewayne Bowers on 22 Dec.
1977 while working his claim on
the South Fork of the 40 Mile


Joe Hajek was a well known character in the Eagle-Chicken area. He was shot in a mining dispute.
Nobody in Eagle cares to talk about it much anymore...


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Guest 22-Oct-2012 19:06
Correction: The year we met Dewayne was 1976.
Guest 21-Oct-2012 22:03
We were mining on the Fortymile River when we became acquainted with Joe. He stopped by our claim to visit a couple of times. We met Dewayne in Fairbanks the winter of 1996, and he came to the Fortymile country because he was fascinated by our bush life, and maybe because of just a touch of gold fever. Our family was devastated by the death of these two good men. It was more than just a "mining dispute." We would be glad to talk to any of their family members. We never did know who to contact for either of them. Thank you so much for posting this photo of their memorial sign.
J-Mag Guthrie 14-Jan-2009 19:31
Polack Joe was my uncle. Thank you for posting the image on the internet because I've never been able to go to Alaska to see Hajec Landing, even though I know it's there.