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Old 06-27-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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Seems most of the post on this thread relate to moving to Fairbanks, housing, shopping, etc.

Are there any old timers who lived in Fairbanks when AK became a state, or shortly thereafter, still
around? Anyone pre-dating the 1960's Chena flood?

Such as, Wien Alaska Airlines, before they had jets? Alaska Airlines had one jet ( a Convair 880, which
Alaska Airlines promoted as "Four Jets To Alaska", as it had four jet engines )! Red Boucher was their
Fairbanks sales manager.

The often debated myth that the bars in Fairbanks had seating for the entire population of Fairbanks?
( In retrospect, this may not have been a myth)!

The only high rise structures were the Northward and the Polaris?

Or, to the seamier side, Renee Starr at the Western Inn? (Now this should get some ones attention)!

If anyone recognizes any of the above, let the later arrivals hear about it.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Bernalillo, NM
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Go go dancers at the Tik Tok.

Wee Willy Wally on the radio.

Flash Gordon and other shorts at the Lacey Street Theater.

Holed up at Lathrop High School for 2 or 3 days during the flood - still remember the stench of humans in the gym.

Partying at the Upper Limits and the Steak Pit.

Enjoying dinner out at the Tiki Cove, Cabin Inn and Club 11.

Barhopping from place to place on Second - did the same in Anchorage and Juneau. No, I wasn't that big of a lush but I played a lot of city rec basketball and softball, and that came with the territory. Best team sponsors we ever had were bars. One of the strip clubs downtown (Bare Affair) used to give us 10 free pitchers of beer, win or lose, no matter how many of us made it down to the place after a game.

The Other Place, another of our team sponsors. My wife and I had our wedding reception there. The owner skipped town ahead of unpaid bills to the IRS and his liquor and meat suppliers, but he was great to us. We couldn't get him to stop betting on our basketball team even though we told him we weren't all that great.

Midnite Mine, back when Bob Maloney had it running great and lots of folks came through the door. Had the best sub sandwiches in town. Friend of mine worked there tending bar and had great stories about some of the bouncing he had to do, came with the job.

The two Dairy Queens, before the owner blew one of them up for the insurance money and the other closed down.

Putting cars up on blocks in the winter cuz there were no engine heaters and they couldn't run in the cold.

Attending school at Main.

Thanks for the opportunity to remember some absolutely great times.

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Now my dad used to tell me stories about when Fairbanks didn't go beyond Airport Road. His family homesteaded out on Badger Road and it was far enough out of town he didn't go to school in Fairbanks the first year, his folks held him back a year until his sister was old enough to go too, so that the long trips in every day for school were worth it.

My wife's uncle delivered newspapers to the girls on the Line. It was still there before I was in high school, they closed it down then.

My wife's other uncle Lindy who ran Lindy's Grocery.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks
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Bob still owns the Mine.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks
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I showed up in Fairbanks 15 years after Statehood.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Bernalillo, NM
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Glad to hear Bob is still around.
I got picked up by the Midnite Mine men's rec league basketball team one year to play with them in the Gold Medal tournament in Juneau, which was a blast.
Hitting the Mine after a basketball or softball team was always fun.
Good times.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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Is this like asking who was the first sourdough on the Internet?
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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I myself am not an old timer but my grandmother was a cook at the FE Gold camp when it actually was a gold camp.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Bernalillo, NM
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My wife's mom was born in Iditarod long before there was the Iditarod and over a decade before the serum run to Nome.
As much as Alaska has changed since my wife and I grew up there, I can only marvel at the amount of change our parents saw during their lives up there.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Southwest
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Originally Posted by Basse Bud View Post
Seems most of the post on this thread relate to moving to Fairbanks, housing, shopping, etc.

Are there any old timers who lived in Fairbanks when AK became a state, or shortly thereafter, still
around? Anyone pre-dating the 1960's Chena flood?

Such as, Wien Alaska Airlines, before they had jets? Alaska Airlines had one jet ( a Convair 880, which
Alaska Airlines promoted as "Four Jets To Alaska", as it had four jet engines )! Red Boucher was their
Fairbanks sales manager.

The often debated myth that the bars in Fairbanks had seating for the entire population of Fairbanks?
( In retrospect, this may not have been a myth)!

The only high rise structures were the Northward and the Polaris?

Or, to the seamier side, Renee Starr at the Western Inn? (Now this should get some ones attention)!

If anyone recognizes any of the above, let the later arrivals hear about it.

To those replying to the original post, thank you.

Perhaps a bit more information would be helpful, so:

In the early 60's, 2nd Ave, between Cushman and Lacey, seemed to be the most active
area for nightlife, i.e. close proximity that allowed a very short walk to neighboring bars
and clubs. The more popular of these were:

The Crystal Room. A classy establishment, featuring live music and some of the best steaks in town.
Next door to the CoOp.

The Flame Lounge. On the second floor, above the bus station/arcade. Featured live music and dancing.

The RedWood. LOTS of local color! Live country music from time to time. (Country music star Johnny
Horton appeared there). Also notorious for being OFF-LIMITS to all military personnel for many years!

The bars in the Northward Bldg. and the Polaris. Generally patronized by the occupants (no cold weather wear required)! But popular with many.

There were several other bars on 2nd that had smaller seating capacity, and a somewhat more
cliquish clientele.

The After Hours bars & Clubs. Outside of downtown; some operating on a 24/7 basis:

The Keyboard Lounge. Across the river. A nice place, featuring live music and dancing. Occasionally
headliners (?) from outside were featured; Christine Jorgenson (look THIS one up)! Slapsey Maxie
Rosenbloom , the former boxer/comedian, among others.

The Sunset Strip, South Cushman. Again live music and dancing. Seldom crowded but still popular.

The Western Inn. South Cushman. The original strip club. Live music and dancing between stripper
performances. (sometimes the show became a catfight when female patrons would cross the dancefloor
headed to the ladies room and the "Star" became offended at the intrusion (upstaging?)!) Occasionally
the Western Inn found itself on the military Off - Limits list, said to be attributed to the "poor customer
treatment" of the GI's who frequently patronized the establishment. The Western Inn burned to the
ground in early 1964.

Other notable businesses downtown:

Carl Carlson's Musicland. Musical instrument sales and instruction. On Noble St.
Harry Avakoff Jewelry Store. Small store on 2nd Ave. (The enormous gold nuggets displayed in
the store window during business hours, now reside in the impressive gold nugget collection
display at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas)!
The teen Malt Shop on 2nd. Dancing regularly hosted by Wee Willie Wally. (additionally, Saturday night dances at the the Eagles Hall, again sometimes hosted by Mr. Wally. The Eagles Hall dances usually
featured live music, performed by local bands, including those bands composed of military service
personnel from Ft. Wainwright and Eielson, they were usually the better bands, based on prior experience as musicians.

Any comments or questions?
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Bernalillo, NM
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Basse,
Your memories are a little bit before my adult time (I graduated from Lathrop in '69). Some of the places you mentioned were already fading away by then, others I remember pretty well. Tommy's in the Polaris was probably the most popular place in the '70s for those of us who grew up in Fairbanks, although there were lots of other bars to spend our money at. Everyone has their own views of "progress" in Fairbanks but I think the town lost a lot of its unique (pioneer) character when they cleaned up the bars downtown. Same with Anchorage.

Rich
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