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What's a Spenard

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An Anchorage eBook

Do you know how the town of Spenard got its name?

You probably already know that Spenard is… well, it's different.

Anchorage Memories takes a look at Joe Spenard, the namesake of this Anchorage community.

Joe was one of the most colorful characters that came to the tent city that would become Anchorage, Alaska.

From the e-book:

“Joe Spenard caused considerable excitement Saturday afternoon when he attempted to drive his yellow car through the doors of Robarts Pool Hall. He made the attempt for a box of cigars promised him by Jack Robarts if he accomplished the feat: otherwise he was to pay the damages. Joe is still smoking his pipe.”

Many people came to the shores of Ship Creek Flats to work for the Railroad, or to provide services or goods to the workers. But Joe provided one-of-a-kind service.

A Few Chapters from the Table of Contents:

  • A Colorful Character
  • The Valdez Connection
  • Joe Spenard, the Showman

and more.

In this story, you'll discover Joe's real name, how he found a lake, built a road and started an Anchorage community that's named after him.

Joe Spenard was a showman. And the things he did to bring attention to his business ventures, made Joe into an Alaska legend.

You'll love discovering Joe Spenard.


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