The Master Pilot

Memories of Tallulah Hankins written by her son Michael Hankins Before my mother passed away I promised I’d write her untold story. It tells of a climactic event our family experienced 44 years ago. I was a senior at East Anchorage High School when the incident made...

The Trading Post

A brief history of one of the first Colony buildings If these walls could talk, they would have endless stories to tell. They would tell of love, friendship, struggles and overcoming long winters, and all those unique tales from the early days of Palmer and the Colony...

WWII Brings the Military to Anchorage

Writings from the late historian Phyllis Downing Carlson Six years before World War II broke out, Anthony J. Dimond, Alaska’s delegate to Congress, started asking for military planes, airfields, army garrisons and a highway to link the Lower 48 to Alaska. When the war...

A Nod to the Queen of Sourdough

Love or hate the stuff, Ruth Allman will win you over About the time termination dust starts to fall in Southcentral Alaska, I find I’m always thinking of Ruth Allman. With the anniversary of her birth and passing both falling in those weeks where summer is sprinting...

Hack! Pack! Crack! Stack!

Wasilla homesteaders keeping warm in winter For most poor homesteaders near Wasilla in the early 1950s there was only one way to keep warm in the wintertime: burn wood. It was hard work. Wood had to be cut, hauled from the woods, split and stacked. Hack! Pack! Crack!...

Brigadier Clitheroe – Shaping the Lives of Others

If you are lucky, very lucky, one, maybe even two people have been paramount in shaping the better side of your life. For many of us that person is often one we looked up to during our impressionable growing up years. In our youth, life develops rapidly around us, and...

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