The Alaska Podcast (HD)Author: Bob Kaufman
13 Dec 2018

The Alaska Podcast (HD)

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    Anchorage Tour (HD): AEC Cottages and the Leopold Davis House

    These simple cottages, housing Alaska Engineering Commission engineers and railroad workers, started dotting the landscape of Anchorage in the late 1910s. Many were ultimately turned into offices, others were moved, and some were even dragged to the dump, where the fire department would set them ablaze just for practice. The remaining homes—such as the Leopold Davis house, home to Anchorage’s first mayor—offer a window into life in Anchorage during the 1920s and ’30s.

  • Posted on 13 Mar 2010

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    Anchorage Tour (HD): Delaney Park "Park Strip"

    This clearing at the edge of town once functioned as a firebreak between Anchorage and its neighboring forest. At other times, it acted as an airstrip, a golf course and even a makeshift housing development, when people lived here during the 1940s boom in apartments created out of old barracks. Today the Park Strip—just one block wide but 13 blocks long—is home to ball fields, a gym, ice rink and a giant steam locomotive.

  • Posted on 13 Mar 2010

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    Anchorage Tour (HD): Wendler Building

    Wendler Building (HD) In such a male-centric city, it has often been tough for Anchorage’s ladies to sit down and enjoy a cocktail without—well, being crowded out by the men. This spot, also known as “Club 25,” was a popular café and bar in the 1940s and ’50s—but with a catch. It was for women only. The building was so beloved that it was moved from its original site—now home of the Hotel Captain Cook—to its current location just up the street.

  • Posted on 13 Mar 2010

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    Anchorage Tour (HD): Oscar Gill House

    Oscar Gill House (HD) Oscar Gill was a local statesman who played a key role in Alaska gaining statehood, but his house achieved fame all on its own. Gill was Anchorage’s mayor during Prohibition, when bootlegging was big business. Gill denied any involvement himself, but his house clearly acted as someone’s portal for smuggling booze. Window sills could be jerry rigged to send bottles up through the walls and between the studs. Today you can still see pieces of broken bottles inside the walls.

  • Posted on 13 Mar 2010

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    Anchorage Tour (HD): Oscar Anderson House

    Oscar Anderson House (HD) This 1915 A-frame building was the first actual home built in Anchorage, initially standing out amongst the sea of tents surrounding it.

  • Posted on 13 Mar 2010

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