All About Anchorage Alaska
Anchorage is located in Southcentral Alaska along the shores of Cook Inlet at the base of the Chugach mountains. It's population of approximately 280,000 makes it by far the largest city in the state holding about 40% of all the state's citizens.
Anchorage, unlike every other large town in Alaska south of the Brooks Range, was neither a fishing, oil, nor mining camp. The area within tens of miles of Anchorage is barren of significant economic metal minerals; there is no fishing fleet operating out of Anchorage.
The city grew from its happenstance choice as the site, in 1914, of a railroad construction port for the Alaska Railroad. The railroad was built between 1915 and 1923. Ship Creek Landing, where the railroad headquarters was located, quickly became a tent city.
Anchorage was incorporated on November 23, 1920. The city's economy in the 1920s centered around the railroad. Between the 1930s and the 1950s, the city experienced massive growth as air transportation and the military became increasingly important. Visitors will be happy to know that Anchorage does not have a sales tax.
The Big One
The biggest earthquake in America occured on March 27, 1964, when Anchorage was hit by the magnitude 9.2 Good Friday Earthquake, which killed 115 Alaskans and caused $1.8 billion in damage (2007 U.S. dollars). The earth-shaking event lasted nearly five minutes; most structures that failed remained intact the first few minutes, then failed with repeated flexing. It was the second largest earthquake in the recorded history of the world.
A diverse wildlife population exists in urban Anchorage and the surrounding area. At least 250 black bears and 60 or more grizzly bears live in the area. Bears are regularly sighted within the city. Moose are a common sight. In the Anchorage Bowl, there is a summer population of approximately 250 moose, increasing to as many as 1000 during the winter. They are a hazard to drivers, with over 100 moose killed by cars each year. Two people have been stomped to death by moose in recent years in Anchorage and there were two grizzly bear maulings of people in the city in 2009. Cross-country skiers and dog mushers using city trails have been charged by moose on numerous occasions; the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game has to kill some individual aggressive moose in the city every year. Dall sheep can be commonly sighted along the Seward Highway a few miles outside the city. Many anglers and hunters start there outdoor adventures in Anchorage before leaving for more remote locations by chartered bush plane or otherwise.
Accommodations and Hotels in Anchorage
Anchorage offers a wide variety of lodging choices from major hotel chains to charming bed & breakfasts, cabins and lodges, some of which are located on the outskirts of the city while most "lodges" are more remote. Pictures of prominent hotels in Anchorage can be seen below, you can compare hotel rates and accomodations here .
The Hotel Captain Cook
939 W 5th Ave -
Anchorage , AK 99501
401 East 6th Avenue -
Anchorage , AK 99501
Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage
4800 Spenard Road - Anchorage, AK 99517
For Accommodations Outside of Anchorage
The Kenai River Cabins at Sterling, Alaska
"Your base camp for real Alaskan outdoor adventures"
Alaska Seafood and Wild Game Recipe ( Alaska wild seafood is known as the highest quality seafood in the world).
Land, Cabins and Homes for Sale in Alaska
Alaska Realtors and their listings of homes, lots, cabins, condos, raw land and property in Anchorage and throughout the state. Also included are private home, cabin and land listings as for sale by owner listings. Finally, included in this site are suppliers of building and construction materials to build your dream home or cabin as well as rental properties.
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is a museum located in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Beginning as a public-private partnership to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska purchase, it opened in 1968 with an exhibition of 60 borrowed Alaska paintings and a collection of 2,500 historic and ethnographic objects loaned from the local historical society, and the museum has been enlarged several times since. Its official name is now "The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center", and it is currently in the process of expanding with a new $100-million addition.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum in Anchorage, is an exciting place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska's first people. Here we share the rich heritage of Alaska's eleven cultural groups drawing upon the lifeways of long ago, the wisdom of our elders, and the traditions that endure. Our cultural center and museum is located in Northeast Anchorage, Alaska is designed to enhance self-esteem among Native people and to encourage cross-cultural exchanges among all people.
The Imaginarium is a small science museum (a "science discovery center", in its own words) in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. It is the only such hands-on science museum in Alaska and is a popular destination, especially for children. In 2008, the Imaginarium merged with the Anchorage Museum. On Aug. 23, 2009 the Imaginarium closed its Fifth Avenue facility. It will re-open in May 2010 as the Imaginarium Discovery Center within the Anchorage Museum. The new science center will include a planetarium and more than 80 hands-on exhibits that explain scientific principles and their relation to life in Alaska.
The Oscar Anderson House Museum is a museum located in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Currently located on M Street in Elderberry Park, the museum, built in 1915 by early Anchorage resident Oscar Anderson, was the first wood-frame house in Anchorage. The Oscar Anderson House was completely restored to a 1915 appearance between 1978 and 1982 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts is a three-part complex, hosting numerous performing arts events each year. The facility can accommodate more than 3,000 patrons. It is home to eight resident performing arts companies and has featured mega-musical performed by visiting companies. The center also hosts the International Ice Carving Competition as part of the Fur Rendezvous festival in February.
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
From Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast, each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days. Many believe that this is indeed the last great race on Earth.
The Alaska Railroad
offers daily summer service from Anchorage to Seward, Talkeetna, Denali Park and Fairbanks.
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