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Anchorage Borough, Alaska
99501, 99502, 99503, 99504, 99507, 99508, 99515, 99516, 99517, 99518
City of Lights
Home of the Giant Roller Skate
Chamber of Commerce.
Russian sailors entered Alaska’s mainland in 1741. By 1778, others had followed from Britain, Spain and America, including Captain James Cook. Cook’s navigator’s map showed Cook’s River, now known as Cook’s Inlet, as a spot suitable for dropping anchor. Hence, the name of Anchorage. Later, in 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia. Several gold strikes in Alaska, one in 1887 and one in 1922 brought more development to the territory. When the railroad project from Seward to Fairbanks, began in 1914, the midpoint construction headquarters was in Anchorage. Thousands came seeking work and business. At first, Anchorage was mainly a tent city, but by 1915, the Great Anchorage Lot Sale occurred and lots were sold to put Anchorage on the way to becoming a major Alaskan city. The new residents wanted the name of Alaska City for their new community, but the government refused their name change. Anchorage incorporated on 23 November 1920. World War II brought thousands of new residents. At the start of the war there were just 7,724 people, but at the end of the war there were 43,314 residents. Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base, along with the discovery of oil on the Kenai Peninsula in 1957 led to this explosion in population. The Port of Anchorage was finished in the early 1960s. The Greater Anchorage Area Borough was created on 1 Jan 1964.
On Good Friday, 1994, the devastating earthquake shook Anchorage destroying a large portion of the city. Rebuilding occurred and new businesses opened. Once the oil fields and Trans-Alaska Pipeline were established, rapid growth came to Anchorage. On 15 September 1975, the city and borough consolidated forming a unified government. Also included in this unification were Girdwood, Eklutna and Glen Alps.
Anchorage Visitor's and Convention Bureau
all you need to know about Alaska may be found here.
Anchorage Museum of History and Art
121 W. 7th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
See Photos of Anchorage here.
A website with information about Anchorage.
Eklutna Village Historical Park
16515 Centerfield Drive, Su9ite 100
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
Phone: 907-696-2828 or 907-688-6026 at the park
This site, home to Dena'lna (or Tanaina) Athabascan Native peoples for more than 350 years, lies only a half hour's drive from Anchorage. It remains home to several families who maintain a largely traditional lifestyle. Please call for hours of operation and details.
The population of Anchorage is 10.4% Alaska Native or part Native and is also quite culturally diverse. Recreational opportunities abound in the outdoors as well as culturally.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, AK 99506
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a gathering place that celebrates, perpetuates and shares Alaska Native cultures. Since opening in 1999, the Center has become Alaska's premier interactive cultural destination.
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Economy & Industry
varied and diverse. Business, Industry, tourism, recreation, fishing and real estate are all important aspects of the local economy.
City Hall Department with phone numbers and addresses.
The Municipality of Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality. It is one of the largest municipalities in the nation, with nearly 1,955 square miles from Eklutna in the north to Girdwood and Portage in the south. As a unified government, the Municipality of Anchorage is responsible for services provided in other states by both a city and a county.