Jewish Movers and Shakers in Early Anchorage
In 1914, the Alaska Engineering Commission (AEC) designated the Ship Creek Flats as a midpoint for overseeing railroad construction that would ultimately link Seward and Fairbanks. On April 9, 1915, President Wilson announced that the government would assume responsibility for building the Alaska railroad. Even before this decision was made public, a “tent city” had begun to emerge.
Lured to Alaska by the abundant resources of furs, fish, copper and gold, early Jewish pioneers sought their fortunes and ultimately made Anchorage their home. They brought not only their families but also traditions that helped create today’s vibrant, diverse community. Their stories comprise the unique legends that are now enduring Alaskan lore.