Anchorage Alaska History
and Facts - Told in Books

Anchorage Alaska History and Facts brought to life in a book and stories you'll love. You get to select the stories and build your own book.

Anchorage History and Facts

How much do you know about the pioneers who built Anchorage?


People like:


Joe Spenard

Russian Jack

A.J. Wendler and Club 25

Cap Lathrop

Ora Dee Clark

Yusuke "Harry" and Katsuyo Kimura

Lorene Harrison

Jacob B. "Jake" Gottstein

Walter Hickel

Larry Carr

Just to name a few


Anchorage Pioneer Memories


We're busy here at Anchorage Memories, creating a series of short stories for you about the early pioneers that built the town of Anchorage from it's humble beginnings as a tent city.


Build Your Own Book

You choose 5 stories of the Anchorage pioneers you want in your book, plus, you get 2 more stories of pioneers for free.


A Book You Can Hold in Your Hands

Your book will be a thin book you can hold in your hands as you read and enjoy the stories of the Anchorage pioneers you are most interested in.


Here are some of the Anchorage pioneers we may be showcasing.


Take a look at this list:


Joe Spenard

Russian Jack

A.J. Wendler and Club 25

Cap Lathrop

Ora Dee Clark

Yusuke "Harry" and Katsuyo Kimura

Lorene Harrison

Jacob B. "Jake" Gottstein

Walter Hickel

Larry Carr

Just to name a few


Anchorage Alaska History and Facts

The history of Anchorage is filled with stories about fascinating people who came to Anchorage during it's very beginnings as a tent city on Ship Creek flats, or soon after.

Their contributions helped create our town.

Some of these early pioneers like Yusuke "Harry" Kimura and his wife Katsuyo offered much needed laundry services. and went on to create more businesses.

Others like AJ "Tony" wendler and his wife Florence built a grocery store, one of Anchorage's first. But like many pioneers, they did so much more. AJ Wendler became very involved in education. And Florence went on to turn their grocery store into Club 25, a business that continues to day in Anchorage.

Other early pioneers were characters.

Joe Spenard brought some of the first vehicles to Anchorage with his City Express service. And he went on to create a road and the beginnings of a town called Spenard.

Some of those early pioneers were notorious.

Jack Marchin first came to tent city to work on the Alaska Railroad, but found a spring out of town in a wooded area where he erected a still and became a bootlegger providing moonshine to the early settlers. He was known locally as "Russian Jack".

Yes, there is an interesting group of early Anchorage pioneers that you can choose from to create your Build A Book.







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