Richard Proenneke was a celebrated American naturalist who gained popularity after leaving the comfort of his home to live for almost three decades in the Alaskan wilderness, alone by himself in a handmade cabin, which he made with materials he found in the wilderness. He survived mainly by hunting and fishing. The records he kept of his adventures were later used in several books and documentaries, most notably in Sam Keith's 1973 book One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey.
He was born to Laura and William Proenneke. He had two brothers and three sisters. He never got married nor had children.
He willed his famous handmade cabin to the National Park Service. Today, the cabin attracts visitors from all over the United States and abroad.
In 2007, his handmade cabin was added to the list of important structures and objects in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
was a famous American naturalist,
who was born on
May 4, 1916. As a person born on this date, Richard Proenneke is listed in our database as the 21st
most popular celebrity for the day (May 4) and the 16th most popular for the year (1916).
People born on May 4
fall under the Zodiac sign of Taurus, the Bull.
Richard Proenneke is the 647th most popular Taurus.
Aside from information specific to Richard Proenneke's birthday, Richard Proenneke is the 4365th most famous American.
In general, Richard Proenneke ranks as the 7949th
most popular famous person of all time.
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