Anchorage Summer Time Memories
Awe… Those wonderful memories of summer in Anchorage, Alaska. Did you like to go swimming, camping, fishing or hanging out with friends downtown?
Photo by John Parker, 1954
Those lazy summer days on the shore of Lake Spenard. After a long winter, it was nice to spend a day in the sun without your coat, boots, and gloves.
Did You Know?
Spenard Lake circa 1916.
A homesteader named Thomas Jeeter first settled in an area around what became known as Jeeter lake. But Jeeter was there illegally and had to leave… Not long after his departure, the area was opened to homesteading and Joe Spenard moved in.
Spenard built up the area into a resort for Anchorage, including a roadhouse, dance pavilion, bath house and bathing beach on what became known as Spenard Lake.
The road to the area was created by Spenard to haul logs into Anchorage and later to bring people from Anchorage to his lake resort. The road became known as Spenard Road.
The Goose Lake Sun Burn
Mike of Anchorage Memories tells the following story -
“One sunny summer day when I was about 14, I decided to spend some time at Goose Lake, working on my tan.
I really wanted to get some sun on my back. So, I laid down on my stomach. But I stayed in that position way too long and ended up frying my shoulders and my back.
In those days, I had a newspaper route and that afternoon when it was time to put my newspaper saddlebag over my shoulders, I experienced a new kind of pain. It hurt to walk, bend over or even breathe too deeply. When I finally came to the last house on my route, I was never so glad to deliver that newspaper.
As I recall, when I got back home my mom gently applied lots and lots of Noxema to my back.”
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Floating Down Campbell Creek
Great Anchorage summer fun
Did you enjoy an afternoon of floating down Campbell creek? You could pack a lunch and find a scenic spot to enjoy a break while you watched the current of the creek slowly pass by.
Ice Cream Trucks
Remember the happy music that played when there was an ice cream truck coming down your street in Anchorage?
What was your favorite? A popsicle, sidewalk sundae or?
Anchorage Summer Time Teen Dances
Pictured above are the “Outlaws” featuring Anchorage Memories contributor, Bill Neithercoat on drums.
Did you enjoy summer time teen dances in Anchorage?
Watching Late Night TV
Remember when your parents let you stay up to watch TV on those summer nights in Anchorage?
You probably stayed up until the TV station signed off the air. Remember how they showed a film that included the National Anthem? Then they ended the day with a TV test pattern (seen above), and of course, you watched the “snow” and the little white dot that got smaller and smaller after you turned off the TV.
Anchorage Race Track Fun
Remember those happy summer Sunday afternoons at the racetrack?
Back when the drivers names included “Fuzzy” Sprinkle, Bud Borders, Blackie and Hank Langman. And when they put the pedal to the metal, the roar of their engines meant it was race time.
Were you there cheering on your favorite drivers?
Find out how he got his nickname.
Check out this story “Fuzzy” Sprinkle; Anchorage Racing Legend right now.
Summer Time Downtown
Did you spend a summer day with friends at the Woolworth lunch counter, Hewitt’s lunch counter, seeing a matinee at the 4th Avenue theatre or enjoying quiet time at the Loussac Library?
Summer Bike Riding Fun
Back in the day, there were no helmets, but somehow we managed to stay safe and have a lot of fun riding our bikes all over Anchorage with our friends.
And not all the roads were paved.
Remember using a clothes pin to hold a playing card up against your back wheel spokes? When you started peddling your bike, the playing card made a sound just like a motorcycle (sort of) as it slapped against the passing spokes.
Did you take the Alaska Railroad to the Palmer Fair?
Summer train rides out of Anchorage were a lot of fun. Mary of Anchorage Memories has a special train connection because her mother Feodoria and her dad, Sammy both worked on the Alaska railroad. And Mary says those train rides to the Palmer Fair were lots of fun.
Here’s a fun Alaska Railroad adventure written by Mike of Anchorage Memories.
Check out Riding the Laundry Train Car right now.
Happy 4th of July
4th of July parade circa 1930–1936 on 4th Avenue
The float is the Loyal Order of Moose for a kid’s home named “Mooseheart”.
Anchorage Memories wishes you and yours a happy 4th of July.
These Anchorage Summer Time Memories really took you back.
But it’s time to put your bike away and say so long to your friends until next time.
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Until Next Time
Mike and Mary