You'll Want To Visit These 5 Houses In Alaska For Their Incredible Pasts
There’s no better way to understand history than to immerse yourself in the houses people actually lived in, and at these historic houses in Alaska, you can do just that. These houses reflect the history of life in the North including the difficulties and the inventive ways people survived the cold, remote conditions. You’ll love exploring the way people lived in the past in Alaska.
1. Wickersham House, 213 7th Avenue, Juneau
This large Victorian home in Juneau was inhabited by the illustrious James Wickersham who was Alaska's first Federal Judge, an Alaskan Congressman, and a founding father of the University of Alaska system. Learn about the history of Alaska and the many aspects Wickersham had a hand in while exploring this beautiful home. Open Sunday Through Thursday, 10:00am to 5:00pm from mid-May through late September.
2. Wickersham House, 535 2nd Ave., Fairbanks
In addition to his house in Juneau, Wickersham also lived in Fairbanks for a time. This house was built between 1904-06 at 1st & Noble streets and is now located in a row of historic houses moved to Pioneer Park from downtown locations. Tours are daily in the summer when the park is open and Wickersham himself even shows up on occasion, or least a really good impersonator anyway!
3. Oscar Anderson House, 420 M Street Anchorage
Learn about the history of Anchorage including the Tent City, the Alaska Railroad, and the land auction. This fascinating slice of history is one of the oldest homes in Anchorage, and the only House Museum.
4. Dolly's House Museum, No. 24 Creek Street, Ketchikan
Dolly Arthur was the proprietress of a brothel in Ketchikan from the 1920's through the 1950's. Visit her house to relive the excitement of the Gold Rush era and learn about the women who braved the world's oldest profession in the last frontier.
5. Colony House Museum,
316 E Elmwood Ave, Palmer
Colony House Museum and outbuildings display rural life in the Matanuska Valley during the heyday of the Colony 1935-1945. Learn about this unique period of history and life in the Palmer countryside.
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