Anchorage Alaska
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Flying with PNA - Pacific Northern Airlines 
In 1947 at the age of eight. My mother and older brother flew into Merrill Field on a DC3. It was a converted army plane. You sat down the sides …

Remembering the Statehood Celebration 
I have copies of both the Anchorage Daily Times (headline was WE'RE IN) and the News (headline was STATEHOOD)from the date congress voted for statehood. …

No Fun Day At The Polar Dragway  
"Rev up your motors. It's time to go to the drag races at the Polar Dragway!" Spring came back to Anchorage in 1965 like every other year- sloppy dirty …

Memories of the Territory of Alaska 1950 
As we settled into life in the dusty city of Anchorage, we explored the offerings of enjoyment and entertainment, the beautiful surroundings in a day when …

Growing Up in Anchorage 
My family moved to Anchorage back in 1950, when I was just three years old - We flew from Northern, California and landed at Merrill Field. It was a …

Ancient Anchorage memories. 
After the Korean war my dad got assigned to Fort Richardson and claims he pulled the first house trailer over the Alaskan Highway. He got out of the …

Woolworth's Grand Opening 
My entire family went to Woolworth's Grand Opening in Anchorage when I was in grade school. That was back in the 60's. Woolworth's was just a few …

Am I a Husky or a Ram? 
"Yay!" The crowd goes wild. Depending upon what side of the bleachers you sat on. Were you the side that was saying Yay? Was it your Junior High …

"Race to the Summit" 
It’s not often a person takes the mundane job of washing dishes and writes about it. My 6-month dish washing stint was much different than scrubbing …

Village in the City 
The serenity of living in a rural Alaska village is something I’d love to experience. It seems a subsistence lifestyle has distinct advantages. Hunting …

Break Up in Anchorage - A Music Video 
After a long, dark winter of cold, snow and ice, when Alaska starts to enjoy more daylight and warmer temperatures begin to melt away those winter blues …

The 1976 Walk for Hope Music Video 
On the first Saturday in May, back in 1970, 4,500 Anchorage residents raised $137,000 dollars for what was then called "Hope Cottage." And, back in …

Ice Skate to Denali Elementary School? 
It was Monday morning, again. Spring time in Anchorage and we had more daylight. However, that's not all we had. We had another cold morning. …

My Anchorage Newspaper Route 
Remember being in downtown Anchorage and hearing the paper boys singing "get your Anchorage Times newspaper. Get your Anchorage Times newspaper." As …

Valley of the Moon Park 
In the spring of 1974 on a warm Saturday in Anchorage, my husband Mike and I took our daughter Nikki for her first visit to "Valley of the Moon Park." …

Anchorage's Log Cabin 
As a youngster growing up in Anchorage I can remember walking by the cute downtown Visitor's Log Cabin by City Hall. The log cabin is located on 4th …

Thanksgiving on 2nd and Cordova 
Our Alaskan Thanksgiving Day celebration always started with our mother Feodoria making waffles and bacon for breakfast, Yum. How great it was to be …

Go Home Kids - Halloween is Tomorrow 
Back in second grade in Anchorage in the late fifties my brothers and sister and I put on our Halloween costumes. We had several to choose from. Because …

My Favorite Sledding Hill 
You jump on your sled and you start flying down the snowy hill - the faster, the better. The wind rushes past your cold face as the runners on your …

Moose Meat John 
In 1949 I got on O'Hara bus lines in Mt.View. I was going to the Empress Theater on 4th. Avenue. At the next stop a bearded man got on and sat down …

Summers at Goose Lake 
After a long, cold Alaska winter, summer was always a welcome time of the year for me. No more heavy boots, gloves, or cold weather coats. And after …

"Vive Jacqueline!" 
Modern, loved art, fashionista, our First Lady. "Vive Jacqueline!" Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961 made a huge impression on me and especially her trip with …

The Day My Teacher Cried 
Our teacher stood up from her desk with tears in her eyes and said,"Excuse me, I need to get a drink of water." We all sat at our desks stunned and scared …

My Beautiful Alaska 
When the door of the plane was finally opened, I saw Anchorage and the surrounding mountains for the first time. It was the most beautiful sight I had …

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My Green Double Bladed Ice Skates 
I would glid on the ice, skating as fast as I wanted and feeling that crisp Anchorage Alaska winter air on my face while the wind was blowing my hair. …

Gilman's Bakery - Got Any Free Donuts Today?  
Our family lived on 2nd and Cordova in Anchorage Alaska back in the 1950's and my brother's and sister's and I had to walk to school. Our grade school …

"Anchorage School Daze" 
There they sat, five lunch bags on the kitchen counter. Each one had a name written on it. I found mine written in pencil, "Mary", it was written by …

The Anchorage Snow Suit Caper 
The suite that no one wants to wear - Anchorage Alaska kids know about snow suits. Our mother would stuff me, my sister Anna and our little brother …

Midnight at High Noon 
Imagine being just six years old and having your world turned upside down. Our family was living in a log home on Fairbanks street near downtown Anchorage, …

Anchorage Daily News Paper Sales 
Back in 1948 and 49 I sold news papers at 4th. and C st. In Anchorage. There was a bar on that corner. I would always get paid more than the paper …

Skipping School at Dimond 
(To be sung to the tune of "Kodachrome") When I think back on all the stuff I did in High School Its a wonder I'm not still in Jail. The last …

A&W Drive-In, Brown's Electric and Mr. Brown... Fond Memories Not rated yet
I have many fond memories of the A&W drive-in, as well as Brown's Electric. I always loved the curly fries at A&W and the Root Beer was the best! I …

My Grandmother was a True Alaskan Pioneer Not rated yet
This is about my grandma, Wilma Irene Moddison Preston. She was an Alaskan pioneer, very involved in the community. In 1955, she drove the Alaska Highway …

East Anchorage High School Daze Not rated yet
1972 East Anchorage High graduate Pamela Painter Jones mentioned a couple of years back, that those of us having interesting or funny stories from our …

Anchorage Newspapers Sold Twice? Not rated yet
Back in 1950 I sold Anchorage Daily News on the corner of 4th and C. Ten feet from the bar door. Most of my customers payed more than I was …

It was Snowing My Anchorage Newspaper Not rated yet
Have you ever caught someone doing something they shouldn't be doing? When I was 14 years old, I delivered newspapers door-to-door on my route in Anchorage. …

Downtown Anchorage - a Record Snowfall Not rated yet
One of the beautiful sites we enjoy during winter in Alaska is when big snowflakes float down from the sky, covering the Great Land with a fresh, clean …

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Did You See

A Rock Group or Show

at the Sports Arena?

Anchorage Sports Arena

For Mary and I, while we no longer call Anchorage home, the town and all those wonderful memories of growing up there will forever be in our hearts.


Living in Alaska's largest city gave us a different perspective on our world.


We grew up in a magnificent land where we were close to nature, where our local TV weather reports always included how many minutes and seconds of daylight we had either lost or gained on that day. And where most of the supplies for living had to either be flown in, trucked in or brought in by boat.


We grew up in Anchorage, where you didn't keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator because our drinking water came right out of the kitchen faucet, fresh and ice cold.


We grew up in Alaska where a billion stars filled each clear night sky and where more daylight hours made summer days long, and where winter nights were long and cold.


We grew up spending summer days swimming at Goose Lake, and winter weekends skiing at Mt. Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska.



Did You Ever

Fly Out of

Lake Hood?

Float planes

Over the years, Mary and I have relived our years of growing up in Alaska and raising our family in Anchorage. And those memories and stories are dear to our hearts.


Our children (now grown) also have lots of great memories from the many years they spent in the great land. And so with that in mind, we created this special place where those wonderful memories will not only be preserved, but shared with others.


Living in Anchor Town gives you a different view of America and the rest of the world. I'm not even sure that it's easy for some Alaskans to put their feelings about that into words.


As an Alaskan living in Anchorage, you're part of a very special place here on planet earth. You're part of an incredible place where nature is still in charge, where nature is respected, admired and even held in awe.


A Fine

Summer Day at the

Anchorage Visitor's

Log Cabin

Anchorage Visitor's Log Cabin

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Spending a Little Time

at the Visitor's Log Cabin


Visitors from around the world, come to the Visitor's Log Cabin in downtown Anchorage, to spend a while enjoying what some Alaskan's take for granted.

And for that relatively short time, those visitors get a look into a bit of the 49th state and the Great Land's largest city.



And while many of the stories you'll enjoy here, could have taken place anywhere else, a lot of the stories could have only been experienced in Alaska.

Anchorage Alaska


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