Barndollar, Burton H.

1878-1944 | Legal Advisor and Examiner of Accounts, Alaskan Engineering Commission

Burton Hack Barndollar was an Alaskan Engineering Commission (A.E.C.) appointee who came to Anchorage to join the original survey crews and to serve as legal advisor and examiner of accounts. He was born in Bedford, Pennsylvania in 1878 and lived there until 1893. He was a graduate of the Washington University Law School and spent several years in Chicago before moving to Washington, D.C. with the Department of the Interior.

Barndollar was a member of the District of Columbia bar and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was sent from Washington, D.C. to Alaska and became legal advisor to the governor of Alaska after the completion of the Alaska Railroad in 1923.

After leaving Alaska, he returned to Bedford, Pennsylvania.1 He died December 2, 1944.2


1Burton H. Barndollar, 1940 U.S. Census, Rainsburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, National Archives Microfilm Publication T627, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, Roll 3430, ED 5-32, Sheet 61A, 1940 United States Federal census [database on-line], (accessed January 14, 2013).

2Obituary, "Early Day R.R. Official Dies," Anchorage Daily Times, January 5, 1944, 1.  


This biographical sketch of Burton Hack Barndollar is based on an essay which originally appeared in John Bagoy's Legends & Legacies, Anchorage, 1910-1935 (Anchorage, AK: Publications Consultants, 2001), 9. See also the Burton H. Barndollar file, Bagoy Family Pioneer Files (2004.11), Box 9, Atwood Resource Center, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, AK. Note:  edited and updated by Mina Jacobs and Bruce Parham, January 21, 2013. 

Preferred citation: Bruce Parham, “Barndollar, Burton H.,” Cook Inlet Historical Society, Legends & Legacies, Anchorage, 1910-1940,

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