Location of Anchorage, Alaska
Location of Anchorage, Alaska
 
 
Skyline of Anchorage
Skyline of Anchorage
 
 
View of mountains outside Anchorage
View of mountains outside Anchorage
 
 
Fishing for salmon in Anchorage
Fishing for salmon in Anchorage
 
 
A seaplane landing in Anchorage
A seaplane landing in Anchorage
 
 
The flag of Anchorge, Alaska
The flag of Anchorge, Alaska
 
Anchorage,<br> Alaska
Topic(s):   Cities (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Nickname the city of lights and flowers
State Alaska
Started 1920
Population 298,695 (2016 Population Estimate by U.S. Census Bureau)
Landmarks Chugach State Park

The first people of Alaska were Eskimos and Native Americans. They fished and hunted for seals. Fur traders came to the area in the 1800ís. Anchorage grew when the Alaska Railroad was built.

More people came to Alaska to work. The Anchorage was the name of a store. It was made out of an old steamship.

Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson made Anchorage a military center. A canal was built between two lakes. This made Anchorage the largest seaplane base.

Anchorage has had major problems. Three volcanoes erupted close to the city. The Good Friday Earthquake was the strongest ever recorded in North America. Buildings were damaged. Now there is a limit to the size of buildings.

Good things happened to help business. Oil and gold were found. This brought more money to the state. Big pipes were built for moving the oil. More offices were needed in Anchorage. People came to look for jobs.

Anchorage has long days of daylight in the summer. It has long, dark cold days in the winter. There is a lot of snow. Dog mushing is an important sport. A statue of Balto is in the city. He was a famous sled dog.

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a big event. Several dogs are tied to a sled. They pull a driver across the snow and ice.

A new library, civic center, sports arena and performing arts center were built. Chugach State Park, bike trails, ski and recreation areas help the tourist business. An annual fair celebrates native customs. It is called The Fur Rendezvous.

Resource information

Cook Inlet Historical Society. (n.d.). Anchorage History. Retrieved from http://www.cookinlethistory.org/anchorage-history.html

UNITED STATES QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau. Census.gov, Mar. 2017, www.census.gov/quickfacts/.

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