Ghosts of Spenard

Route 33 The building that most recently housed Route 33, was most notably home to the Fly by Night Club. Originally built in the 1950s as a hardware store, Mr. Whitekeys’ Fly By Night Club became popular for his “Whale Fat Follies” and “Christmas in Spenard” shows. The club operated for over 26 years and [...]

Remembering 1964

The Great Alaskan Earthquake, or Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 occurred on March 27 at 5:36 p.m.  and caused 139 known deaths. The earthquake was just 16 miles deep and caused  approximately $311 million in damage. With a magnitude of 9.2, it was the most powerful in North American history and the second most powerful [...]

Shook in Spenard

54 years ago today, Sylvia Butcher was enjoying an after dinner coffee with her husband, David Butcher. The earth began to tremble and shake; leaving the couple to run out of their newly built Spenard apartment for their lives. The Good Friday earthquake in 1964 was a 9.2 on the Richter scale, the largest earthquake [...]

Historic Carousel Lounge may see revival

The Carousel Lounge, one of Spenard’s most iconic bars, may see a revival. Paul Berger, a determined Anchorage businessman wants to bring a neighborhood-oriented bar to the vacant building, called the Bar on Spenard. "I would really love to have people just walk over," Berger said. “Neighborhood guys and gals. I want to really focus [...]