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What places in Anchorage that are no longer there, do you remember?

There are a lot -

But in this edition of Anchorage Memories Magazine, we're going to take a look at at least a few that may hold great memories for you.

The Spa, Swimming Pool
For years, this was the only swimming pool in Anchorage.

In the 1960s, while Mike of Anchorage was attending Clark Junior High School, and Mary was at Central Junior High, the school district made an arrangement for Anchorage school kids to learn how to swim at the Spa.

We were bused from school to the Spa.

And we still remember walking into the facility for the first time. You could smell the chlorine and when Mike put on his swim suit, he remembers looking outside though that huge wall of windows.

Like many Anchorage kids, Mike and Mary learned to swim at the Spa. And they remember leaving the Spa in the winter to get back on the bus, with steam coming off their wet hair.

Remember the Hofbrau on 4th Avenue?

They had a picture window on the sidewalk where they displayed roast beef, dripping it's juices, under amber heat lamps. It made your mouth water.

In the winter time, and especially during the Fur Rendezvous, it made you feel warm and hungry. In the summer, it still made you hungry.

Did you eat at the Hofbrau?

The 4th Avenue Theater
Yes, the building is still there (at least for now), but it's been a while since you could enjoy a movie in this grand theater, with it's special Alaskan murals.

Remember the first movie you saw there?

Do you remember the ticket booth, and that wonderful aroma of fresh popcorn as you walked in with your ticket in hand?

Mike and Mary of Anchorage I saw many movies at the 4th Avenue Theater while they were dating.

What are your memories?

Check out this fun 4th Avenue Theater Memory, right now.

Opened back in 1965 by Betty Poeschel, Betty's Record Den quickly became a fun place for Anchorage teens to hang out, including Mary of Anchorage

Do you remember going into Betty's Record Den to listen to records in one of those tall, glass booths?

And do you remember what a 45 record cost back in those days?

At Betty's Record Den you could purchase a 45 record for the grand sum of just $1.00 (one dollar) and an album was $5.00 (five dollars). Of course back then, that amount probably seemed like a lot more.

A&W Root Beer
First of all, the picture above is NOT a picture of the Anchorage A&W located near Mountain View.

We have looked everywhere for a picture of that fondly remembered drive in, but so far, no luck.

The burgers, fries and the A&W Root Beer tasted really great, but our Anchorage location had something else.

Remember the lion they kept in a cage?

There the lion stared up at you from what looked like a circus wagon. The kind they would use to parade through town to announce that a circus had come to town.

In fact, word has it that the Anchorage A&W owner used to pull the lions cage through town to promote his drive in.

Do you remember going to A&W and seeing the lion?

Well, Anchorage Memories Magazine has barely scratched the surface when it comes to those very special "Anchorage Places we Remember".

Join us again next month when we'll take a look at more places that used to be in Anchorage, but aren't there now.

And you can send us an email if you remember places you think we should include.

Happy New Year

Here at Anchorage, Mike & Mary hope that you have a healthy and blessed 2019.

Our Train Ride
Here are Mary and Mike of Anchorage Memories having some fun as they ride a miniature steam train at Griffith Park in Burbank, California.

It's a long way from the Alaska Railroad, but it was a blast.

You can easily contact Mike and Mary to pass along a suggestion, make a comment, or to just say "hello".

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