Anchorage Tent City Memories
Journey back to 1915. Steam ships were bringing thousands to Cook Inlet and the muddy shores of Ship Creek Flats... It was the beginning of Anchorage.
Needing coal for the Pacific Fleet, the Federal Government decided to access the coal fields of the Matanuska Valley in Alaska.
On June 15, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson issued an Executive Order for laying out a new town site on the plateau north of Ship Creek Flats - now known as Government Hill. That area was set aside to house railroad wo…