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Old 12-07-2007, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Cordova, Alaska
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I took some pictures of a recent storm in our town and several friends have remarked on one photo in particular. Not the beautiful landscape or scenery... but this one. Legend has it the sign is upside down so that after you have too much fun in the Alaskan, should you find yourself waking up on the sidewalk you need only look up to see where you are. Anyone else have some fun Alaskan bar, pub, or hole in the wall photos to share?

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Old 12-08-2007, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Cordova, AK
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Funny, I was working in the room right behind the sign when you took the picture.

The city hangs any banners they put up on our light pole upside down as well - we thought about doing upside down Christmas decorations, but . . .

There are quite a few good legends about the Alaskan since it is the same age as Cordova, and has operated continuously since the town was built here on this site in 1908.

Thanks for the advertisement

Come in the bar sometime . . .
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Cordova, Alaska
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Hey Barnacle- we don't get out often but when we do, we always pick the Alaskan! Do you work in the bar or the store? I was in the store tonight, picked up a 6 of IPA...

We actually heard about it way back when we were in South Carolina, a guy we knew there had been up here on a job and had found the Alaskan and heard the story of the bar being imported back at the turn of the 19th/20th century. Neat stuff!
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Haines, AK
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Great picture

This spring my dad was training crew members on the Chenega so I rode the boat with him so I could see Prince William Sounds, and we stayed the night in Cordova. It is a nice little town, we had some awesome pizza their. We ended up being there the night of prom, and luckily the kids kept the noise down
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:05 PM
 
Location: On the move to AK
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Nice photo
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Old 12-13-2007, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Cordova, AK
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Hey Barnacle- we don't get out often but when we do, we always pick the Alaskan! Do you work in the bar or the store? I was in the store tonight, picked up a 6 of IPA...

We actually heard about it way back when we were in South Carolina, a guy we knew there had been up here on a job and had found the Alaskan and heard the story of the bar being imported back at the turn of the 19th/20th century. Neat stuff!
Aquarius-

Actually, I work in a maintenance capacity with the owner Dave. I live upstairs, and when something breaks, I fix it. We have several larger projects going on that we work on when we have time - one of these is the replacement of all the original windows in the building (8 down, about 50 to go). When you took the picture I was replacing the carpet in room 11, which is right above the store. I also run the oyster farm out at Windy Bay, but that is mostly between April and October. When we have oysters, we sell them in the store - I think Dave may be getting some for Christmas, but I will be gone, so I am not sure of that.

The bar itself came around the Horn sometime around the turn of the century. It was originally in Katalla, and came down the river 1908 (I believe). When the Alaskan was first built, the bar was where the store is now, and the current bar location was the hotel lobby. The building was originally two stories, with the third being added in 1910.

When you come into the bar, you can ask to see the history page, which is kept in a drawer.

Dave (who is not the superstitious type) swears that the place is haunted, but in a good way. Apparently, on at least one occasion, the ghost(s) got his attention just when something serious was going wrong (fire starting in the boiler room). I haven't seen any ghosts, but I love the building very much.

I don't know if you drink wine, but we generally get a few people for Wine on Wednesday 5-7 pm.

Glad you like the place
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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Red face Couldn't resist

http://www.dandahl.net/Photo%20Gallery/images/112_1214.JPG (broken link)
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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Another quality Alaskan establishment.
http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9372/pc150004dd5.jpg (broken link)

To read the Warning sign closer follow this link.
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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Happy Bears!!

Did you know that smoking is going to be banned in Juneau bars? I think that's effective on Jan 1st, but not sure. Part of our clean air initiative.
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Old 12-15-2007, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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Happy Bears!!

Did you know that smoking is going to be banned in Juneau bars? I think that's effective on Jan 1st, but not sure. Part of our clean air initiative.
You should of been with me when I went inside, pretty cool place, and definetly adult themed. No not resque, just not PG 13!

I think all the legislation of smoking in bars specifically is a waste of $ and effort. Personally I let my $ tell the establishments if I like smoking or not.

I prefer nonsmoking places and avoid the others. The government should leave the bars alone. The patrons will deal with it from there.
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