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Aug 13, 2023Liked by Michael R Dougherty

Yes, I do because we are part of the history. Being former owners and residents of Portage Alaska.

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Charlene – what business did you own in Portage? You were in Portage when the 1964 earthquake struck?

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Aug 13, 2023Liked by Michael R Dougherty

No we were in Montana on our way to Alaska when the earthquake hit. My husband was the third man in charge of rebuilding the port of Whittier he worked as for the alaska railroad as a master carpenter. He was assigned to Portage to build the section housing. There when he bought the service station and restaurant. 1965/66.

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Charlene – do you have pictures of the Portage service station and restaurant. We would love to see them.

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Oct 17, 2023Liked by Michael R Dougherty

I had a picture of the Portage sign, 11 Friendly People, 1 Old Sorehead. Passed it by many times on my way to weekends in Homer. But not before stopping for lunch at the Double Musky Inn. Loved it and the picture and the story. Great job Mike

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Yes, Portage was a different place. And the Double Musky Inn has a special place in the hearts of my family. Our father helped build the original cabin that became the Double Musky... Small world.

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Aug 16, 2023Liked by Michael R Dougherty

In November of 1964 our high school basketball team traveled to Kenai for two games. None of us had been on the Seward Highway since the earthquake. There was alot of chatter and laughter which became silent when we approached what used to be Portage. It was gone and left us speechless even after 8 months since the quake. We had lost a little town and only had memories of going there in the past. Had a few meals at the restaurant there after hooligan fishing with dad and brothers in the years before the quake.

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Rick - thanks for sharing - great story -

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common "joke" in Anchorage as answer to "What were you doing during the Quake".....Standing on the corner watching all the stores go by.... And now I'm reliving that moment of my life.

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Some places if I find them I let you know.

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