Anchorage Memorial Park

The Anchorage Memorial Park, also known as Anchorage Cemetery, is a 22-acre (89,000 m2) cemetery located in Anchorage, Alaska, United States. Covering nine city blocks, the cemetery separates the city's downtown and Fairview neighborhoods.

Anchorage Memorial Park
Anchorage, Alaska
CountryUnited States
Coordinates61°12′54″N 149°52′34″W / 61.21500°N 149.87611°W / 61.21500; -149.87611
TypePublic and private
Owned byMunicipality of Anchorage
Size22.35 acres (9.04 ha)
No. of graves>12,500
WebsiteHome page
Burial list
Find a GraveAnchorage Memorial Park
The Political GraveyardAnchorage Memorial Park
FootnotesGNIS Data
Anchorage Cemetery
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
LocationAnchorage, Alaska
Coordinates61°12′54″N 149°52′34″W / 61.21500°N 149.87611°W / 61.21500; -149.87611
Area22.35 acres (9.04 ha)
NRHP reference No.93000320[1]
Added to NRHPApril 26, 1993

The cemetery was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915 as part of the Anchorage townsite, one of a number of land reserves set aside for public facilities for the new town.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, recognizing its status as Anchorage's oldest cemetery.[3]

From approximately 1954 to 1986, a public housing complex called Willow Park occupied the half-blocks of the cemetery site adjacent to Ninth Avenue and Fairbanks Street. The buildings were razed to allow for expansion of the cemetery. All that remains is the complex's maintenance building, taken over for the same purpose by the cemetery.

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References edit

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Memorial Cemetery". Municipality of Anchorage. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "NRHP nomination for Anchorage Cemetery". National Park Service. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Harrison, Bessie and Sullivan, Daily". Alaska History. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Tetpon, John (July 18, 2018). "Ada Blackjack Johnson, an epic story of Arctic survival, alleged cannibalism, and the will to live". Anchorage Press.