When construction on the Alaska Railroad began in 1915, the men who arrived to build it settled just north of Ship Creek. They named the area Government Hill –because the government funded the jobs and because there was a Government Hill in Panama, where many of the workers came from – making it Alaska’s first established neighborhood. In the 1940s North Anchorage further expanded when construction began on the adjacent Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Today, some of the original buildings still stand, making North Anchorage one of the city’s most historically rich neighborhoods. The corner of Delaney and West Harvard Streets overlook Brown’s Point Cottages, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s also the old Wireless Center, where railroad employees and later the public could come to send short wire messagesToday, some of the original buildings still stand, making North Anchorage one of the city’s most historically rich neighborhoods. The corner of Delaney and West Harvard Streets overlook Brown’s Point Cottages, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s also the old Wireless Center, where railroad employees and later the public could come to send short wire messages
North Anchorage has the same commercial, industrial, and residential feel from its founding, with newly constructed residences sitting alongside older homes. There are a small handful of restaurants in the neighborhood, including locally-owned favorites Taco King and Pho Vietnam, as well as a gas station and Wells Fargo.
But other amenities are nearby. Just across the bridge that connects North Anchorage to downtown, you’ll find the 5th Avenue Mall, art galleries, local shops, and restaurants. A little further north in the Mountain View neighborhood is the Red Apple Market as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, the Mountain View Public Library, and the Alaska Museum of Science & Nature.
North Anchorage isn’t connected to the city’s trail system, but residents still have plenty of options to enjoy the outdoors and Alaska’s spectacular views. The 1.4-acre Suzan Nightingale McKay Memorial Park, which overlooks Knik Arm, has open green space and views of Denali, Mt. Foraker, and Mt. Hunter. From there, walk the three-quarter mile West Bluff Trail to Brown’s Point Park. There’s also Harvard Park, which features tennis courts and access to the Anchorage Curling Club.
For families with children, Government Hill Elementary, which has the city’s only Spanish-language immersion program, is nearby. There are also several parks, including the updated Suzan Nightingale McKay Memorial Park, which has a wooly mammoth climbing structure, swings, and a sandpit with diggers.
North Anchorage Neighborhoods
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Set on a bluff overlooking Ship Creek, Government Hill offers a mix of single- and multi-family homes, many with views overlooking downtown Anchorage, the port, and Knik Arm.LEARN MORE
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
If Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were a city it would be the fifth-largest in Alaska. Housing on JBER includes a choice of more than 50 different housing styles scattered among 19 distinct neighborhoods. Enjoy stunning views of the Chugach Mountains and plenty of wildlife – black bears are frequent visitors.LEARN MORE