Meet the Pilgrims
Papa Pilgrim, Country Rose and their fifteen children drove through a blizzard in early 2002 to reach McCarthy for the first time. They had come north from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, looking for a new home in the wilderness of Alaska. They were acrobats on horses, wizards with old trucks, and angels when they sang with their fiddles and guitars. Some of their backcountry neighbors adored them. Others thought the "happy Christian family" was a fake. Then in 2005, the whole thing exploded.