Marys Slough (also called Marys Creek) is named for Sinrock Mary, famed as the interpreter for the first reindeer purchase from Siberia. She was a Russian and Inupiat businesswoman who became one of the richest women in Alaska due to her work in the reindeer industry. The herd was originally based around Sinuk, a small settlement also called "Sinrock", from which Mary took her nickname. She sold reindeer meat to a United States Army post that was established following a nearby gold discovery. A documentary titled "The Reindeer Queen: Once the Richest Woman in Alaska – The True Story of Sinrock Mary" was released in 2000 (see a preview here). In 2009, Mary was inaugurated into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame. Learn more about Mary here. Download CoastView and explore the historical site of Sinuk and Marys Slough by clicking the picture below. See all our blog posts here.