Wesley Earl Dunkle
Alaska's Flying Miner
Charles Caldwell Hawley's geological career has spanned more than fifty years, thirty-seven of them in Alaska. Almost everywhere that Hawley worked in Alaska, he found that the geologist and mining engineer Wesley Earl Dunkle had preceded him. In 1967, Hawley began to gather material about Dunkle's career, but soon realized the importance of understanding Dunkle's heritage, education, and personal life in the context of his era. Hawley knew that one day he would bring Dunkle's life story to print.