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Good Friday, March 27, 1964
This coming March 27th marks the 55th anniversary of what has come to be known as the "Great Alaskan Earthquake".

It was 5:36pm on March 27, 1964 when the earth began to shake in Alaska like never before.

The Pacific Plate had lurched northward and went under the North American Plate. The resulting earthquake measured 9.2 on the Richter scale.

A Tsunami followed, striking Crescent City, California where it killed 11 people and destroyed the city's business district.

A JC Penney Building

Earthquake Survivor's Story

Mary Jane Dougherty, of Anchorage Memories was in downtown Anchorage, in the JC Penney building when the quake struck.

Read her amazing story - it's free -

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"Great Alaskan Earthquake Survivor"

1964 Earthquake Aftershocks
After surviving a 9.2 earthquake that lasted for 5 minutes, Alaskan's had to endure aftershocks of up to 6.2 on the Richter scale that lasted for weeks after the quake.

The first night after the quake, Mike of Anchorage Memories recalls being in bed with his clothes and boots on, listening to people screaming as they ran out into the streets when another strong aftershock would hit.

It was a nerve shattering experience.

Home Alone

by Becky Cowen - Cornelius
Check out this story of an 11 year old Anchorage girl's experience as she rode out the quake while she was home alone.

Click here to read Becky's story right now.

4Th Avenue 1964

Earthquake Destruction

Do you remember some of the shops and businesses that used to be on 4th Avenue before the Good Friday quake?

The Denali theater sank down to it's marquee and was relocated to Spenard.

The Hobby Lobby was destroyed, but later reopened in Spenard.

Hewitt's Drug Store was badly damaged but reopened - also in Spenard.

And there were a lot of bars on 4th Avenue that were destroyed in the quake.

What businesses do you remember that were destroyed on 4th Avenue during the 64' quake?

The Iditarod

"The Last Great Race"

This year's Iditarod began yesterday, March 2, 2019.

First organized by famed Alaska musher Joe Redington Sr., the Iditarod covers 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome on the Bering Sea coast.

The Iditarod is now a National Historic Trail.

Back in 1925, the trail was used by dog mushers to deliver serum to Nome to fight an outbreak of Diphtheria.

The word Iditarod is translated to mean "distant place" and is an Ingalik Indian word.

Our Readers Get in Touch
with Anchorage Memories VIP magazine


From Bobby:

I worked at the Smart Shop while I was in high school. I also remember Welch's and Loraine Harrison's Hat Box.

I remember The Hat Box as a little girl. My mom shopped there. Later, when Loraine moved into University Center, I worked for her for a short time.

(Note: Bobby asked if we had pictures of The Smart Shop, welch's or The Hat Box. But after much research we couldn't find any. Do any of our readers have pictures of these fondly remembered places?)

From Gene:

Our class of 52 graduated in the 4th Avenue Theater after one of our Anchorage High School classmates tried to burn down the school.

I worked part time at the Dodge/Plymouth dealer on East 4th Avenue, Piggly Wiggly on Spenard Road and at my dad's Chevron station, Tri-Corner Service at Fireweed and Spenard Road next to Parker's store and the Post Office.

From Kevin:

My mother worked at A&W. The owner used to come up at night on a horse, wearing a mask. It used to creep out my family members who worked there.

From Anchorage Memories:

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Anchorage's Recent Quake
On November 30, 2018, Anchorage experienced another large earthquake.

The 7.0 quake was centered near Joint Base Elmendorf - Richardson.

The aftershocks were frequent, large, and for survivors of the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake, the 2018 quake was an all to real and brutal reminder of that day when the earth shook 55 years ago on March 27th, 1964.

As survivors of the 64' quake, Mary and Mike of Anchorage Memories are with you and our prayers are with you.


Three Fun Alaska Stories

Yours FREE

Mike of Anchorage Memories just published this fun book that includes three Alaska adventures. And it's free.

Check it out right now

Click here to get "My Alaska Adventures"

Contact Mary and Mike
Look closely at the picture above.

Yes, the white stuff next to Mary's feet is snow. We live in Southern, California and a week ago we had a slight dusting of snow.

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