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Anchorage is the northernmost major city in the United States. The city has been named All-America City four times by the National Civic League. 1956, 1965, 1984/1985 and 2002. More than 40 percent of the state's total population lives in Anchorage. Approximately 250 black bears and 60 grizzly bears live in the surrounding area of Anchorage and are regularly sighted within the city. Moose are a common sight in the area. As many as 1000 during the winter.
To See And To Do In Anchorage
- Anchorage Museum of History and Art
- Alaska Native Heritage Center
- Hilltop Ski Area
- Anchorage Zoo
- Anchorage Trolley Tour
- Wildlife Viewing - Moose, Bears, Birds
History Of Anchorage - Timeline
In 1778, the British explorer James Cook came to the place where Anchorage is today. In the 19th century, the Russian presence in south central Alaska was well established. In 1835, a Russian mission was established in present-day Anchorage. In 1867, William H. Seward purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million.
In 1912, Alaska became a United States Territory. In 1913, the Oscar Gill House was completed. In 1914, Anchorage was founded as a railroad construction camp. In 1915, construction workers who were building the Alaska Railroad came to settle in Anchorage, and the oldest commercial building, the Wendler Building, was by Tony and Florence Wendler. Also in 1915, the first issue of the Anchorage Times was published, and the Anchorage Memorial Park was established.
In 1917, the Leopold David House was built. He was the first mayor of Anchorage. In 1918, the first train arrived. In 1920, Anchorage was incorporated. In 1923, the railroad was completed. In 1936, Old Anchorage City Hall was built. In 1947, the Fourth Avenue Theatre building was completed. In the 1940s and 1950s, Anchorage began looking more like a city.
Between 1940 and 1951, Anchorage's population increased from 3,000 to 47,000. In 1953, television was broadcast by KENI. In January 1964, Anchorage became a City. On March 27, 1964, Anchorage was hit by an earthquake which killed 115 people. In 1968, oil was discovered and brought billions of dollars to Anchorage and the state. Also in 1968, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art opened. In 1983, the ConocoPhillips building (earlier ARCO building) was completed and President Ronald Reagan visited the city. In 1984, the Hilltop Ski Area, was established.