Anchorage, Alaska


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Anchorage, Alaska

By Dinker022089 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Anchorage was founded in 1914 as a railroad construction port for the Alaska Railroad. It was incorporated as a city in 1920, after thousands of people flocked to the new frontier town. In the 1930s, the city continued to grow after the installation of Fort Richardson and Ellemdorf Air Force Base.

In 1964, a massive earthquake that measured 9.2 on the Richter Scale rocked Anchorage. It was the strongest earthquake ever measured on United States soil and the second strongest earthquake ever recorded in the world. It destroyed much of the city and was said to have lasted five full minutes. Anchorage has since rebuilt and is now the largest city Alaska. It is home to about 40% of the entire population of Alaska. Over the past decades there have been several attempts to have the state capital moves from Juneau to Anchorage.

In March of each year, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a 1,049 mile race across the wilderness kicks off in Anchorage. Mushers and teams of 16 dogs traverse the trail in 9-15 days, through blizzards and subzero temperatures. In 2016, musher Dallas Seavey set the record for completing the race in the fastest time: 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, and 16 seconds.


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