Pictures of Anchorage Alaska

These Pictures of Anchorage Alaska are a treasure chest that will happily take your heart back to a different time. Submitted by website visitors. Enjoy.

pictures of anchorage alaska

4th Avenue Circa 1958

photo by Gene Smith

courtesy Gary Smith

A President visits AnchoragePresident Dwight D Eisenhower visits

In the background of the photo above, notice the original location of Hewitt's lunch counter and drug store. Following the 1964 earthquake, Hewitt's was relocated to Spenard.

Spenard Road


Fireweed Lane


Photo by Ken and Nancy Parker

Courtesy of John Parker

Spenard, 1955A look back at Spenard in 1955

Downtown Anchorage

4th Avenue


Photo courtesy David Jensen

4th Avenue 1940sLooking west in 1940, notice the 4th Avenue Theatre to the left

4th Avenue


Photo by Jim Zoller

1956 Anchorage, AlaskaLooking east toward the Chugach mountains

In the Picture:

How many businesses do you remember in the picture above?

Entering Spenard


Photo Courtesy of Linda Miller

Spenard road in Anchorage Alaska in 1958.Spenard Road. You know it's different

In the Picture:

Going toward Spenard where Minnesota is now.

The sign reads: “Entering Spenard The Land of the Free For All”

Spenard Lake


Photo by Ken and Nancy Parker

Courtesy of John Parker

Spenard LakeRemember those summer days on Spenard Lake?

Spenard Lake

the early days

Circa 1916 to 1920

resort at Spenard LakeAnchorage pioneers enjoying Joe Spenard's lake

The Sears Mall

Circa 1968

Sears Mall, first mall in Anchorage, Alaska 1968.Remember going to Anchorage's first mall?

In The Picture:

The Sears Mall at E. Northern Lights and the Seward Highway.

Anchorage and Alaska's first mall.

Stores included Carr's Food Center, Andy's Carmel Corn, Sheffield Cafeteria and Pub, Grandma's Closet, Ben Franklin.

Spenard Road


Photo by Ken and Nancy Parker

Courtesy of John Parker

1957 Spenard RoadPictures of Anchorage Alaska – remember the winter in 1957?

Alaska Railroad Building

and Anchorage Docks

Circa 1950s

Anchorage docks and Alaska Railroad building circa 1950s.Winter Day in the 1950s

The picture above looks at the Railroad Depot and part of the Port of Anchorage.

This location is where Anchor town began as a tent City in 1915.

Carr's Super Market

Circa 1954 - 1955

Carr's Supermarket in 1954 or 1955 Anchorage, Alaska.Look at the automobiles on a busy shopping day

When you live in Anchorage, grocery stores get food by truck, air or by ship.


4th Avenue


Anchorage in 1944How things have changed

4th Avenue


Photo courtesy of Kimberly Starks

Anchorage parade 1956Time for a parade

In the Picture:

Drum Major, Alice Wanda Turner

Anchorage High School

Bootlegger's Cove


Photo by Cindy Pendleton

Bootlegger-coveRemember those beautiful Summers in our town?


Bootleggers Cove got its name when Anchorage was still a tent city and liquor was banned. So, bootleggers would sneak moon shine to shore at Bootleggers Cove where they couldn't be seen by the authorities.

Betty Faris Apparel

Circa 1950s

Photo courtesy of Doug Brundage

Betty Ferris ApparelBetty Faris Apparel, downtown, circa 1950s

About the Picture:

Between 3rd and 4th Avenues

Owned and operated by Izzie Brundage

Bi Lo Grocery Store

Circa 1974 or 1975

Photo courtesy of Clytie Alaimo (on the pony)

Bi Lo Grocery storeSummer fun in Anchor town

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Pictures of Anchorage Alaska

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Chester Creek Flats


Photo by Cindy Pendleton

Chester Creek FlatsA winter view before the lagoon

About the Picture:

Overlooking Chester Creek Flats before in became Westchester Lagoon.

Eklutna Chapel

Photo courtesy of Gene Gough

Eklutna Chapel hand drawn pictureMemory of Eklutna Chapel

About the Picture:

Created by Carola Gough

President Nixon's Motorcade


President Nixon in Anchorage AlaskaPresident Nixon visits our town in 1971

About the Picture:

Part of the motorcade when President Nixon met with Japanese Emperor Hirohito in Anchorage.

Taken on Northern Lights as the motorcade made its way to the home of Walter J. Hickel.

In the background you can see Rayfield's 76 gas station and a Bilo grocery store.

La Casita

Mountain View

Photo courtesy of Roxann Regenstreif

La Casita Mexican restaurantWhat are your memories of La Casita?

Pictures of Anchorage Alaska

Eldeberry Park

west end of 5th Avenue


Photo by Cindy Pendleton

eldeberry-park-anchorageSummer Fun in 1976

4th Avenue

circa 1940s or 1950s

Photo courtesy of Cordell Dow

downtown AnchorageHow many businesses do you recognize?

In the picture:

Cub Scout troop 817

Food Center, owned by Keith Lesh

J. Vic Brown Jewelry store

Siedenverg's (before it was Siedenverg and Kays)

Pictures of Anchorage Alaska

Early Log Home 1915

Photo courtesy of Gary R Smith

Anchorage log home 1915After the tents came log homes

About the Picture:

Swan and Lisa Swanson's Home

Their daughter, Ingaborge is the mother of Gary R Smith

Anchorage Alaska Pictures from the early days.


4th Avenue 1968

Photo by Cindy Pendleton

Anchorage 4th Avenue 1968Remember how Summer looks on Anchorage's main street?

Theda Comstock

"The Woman's Touch"

TV Kitchen Set

Photo courtesy of RB Laurie

Theda Comstock kitchen channel 2Theda is on your right in dark clothing

About the Picture:

Taken in the KENI-TV studio in the 4th Avenue Theater building this picture shows “The Woman's Touch” a popular local women's show hosted by Theda Comstock.

Anchorage Main Street


Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore Collection

anchorage main street 1957Notice the 4th Avenue Theatre on the right in this 1957 memory

Northern Lights Blvd.

Looking east of Wisconsin

1978 - 1979

Photo courtesy of Lonnie Frazer

Northern Lights Blvd. 1978Proud to serve

The Bun Drive-In

and the Coke Show

radio booth

July 1963

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Burgess Jr.

Anchorage Bun Drive-inDo you remember this teen favorite?

In the Picture Above:

Anchorage teens could stop in for a burger and listen to The Coke Show with DJ Ron Moore. Teens could also call in, request a song and make a dedication.

Spenard Kid's Train
across from Spenard Lake


Photo courtesy of the Brown family

Children on a kiddy train in SpenardHaving a good time in Spenard in 1948

In the Picture:

Cliff, Cheri and Ron Brown and Denny Beeman enjoy the train.

Anchorage Dairy

4th and C Street


Photo courtesy of the Brown family

Anchorage Dairy 4th and C streetsThe early days of Matanuska Maid Dairy

About the Picture:

At one time, the Brown family lived in an apartment above the dairy.

Coming Home from School

Northern Lights Blvd

Near Turnagain by the Sea


Photo courtesy of Linda Miller

School bus in Anchorage, Alaska in 1956Remember your school days in Anchorage?

Linda Miller, the girl in red, just got off the bus.

Did you ride the bus or walk to school?

5th Avenue looking east

Circa 1950s

Winter day on 5th Avenue in AnchorageDoes this picture take you back?

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Pictures of Anchorage Alaska

Here on Anchorage Memories you can celebrate your precious memories of days gone by.

You can enjoy this treasure chest of images that will happily take your heart back to a different time in our town.

And now you can take a few moments to go through your old boxes of pictures, pick out a few and send them to Anchorage Memories.

Our website visitors will love seeing them.

We all have pictures from our time in and around Anchor town that we took, and then promptly put away in a photo album, or in a box that was quickly stored and is now rarely seen.

But now, you can share at least a few of them with the world.

Your pictures of Anchorage Alaska will help our website visitors remember back in the day.

“I hadn't thought about that in years” is something people say to Anchorage Memories all the time.

“Thank you for the memories” is another thing that we hear regularly.

That's what it's all about. Preserving your precious memories and bringing a smile to your face… and your heart.

Now you can be a part of that by simply sharing your Anchorage Alaska pictures.