|Sam Barger's Caribou Club|
My family moved to Government Hill in 1965 after my dad died, just like in the novel. We didn't have much money and the apartment buildings on the east end of Hollywood boulevard were cheap and available. This was also a short commute for my mom who worked at the Anchorage Westward Hotel, which is now the Hilton.
|Another structure from Secondhand Summer|
|Scene of the Comic book Caper|
Slot cars were small electric cars that came in sizes not much bigger than today's Matchbox cars to cars then inches long. The cars ran on tracks that streamed electricity and gave them power. The racing loops would have several tracks so cars could race. Guys would bring their own cars or use the ones at the shop and have races. Most of the time we didn't have money to race but we would hang around and watch.
I have often wondered how Government Hill came to be. Why didn't the Air Force take that area too the government formed the base. I'm guessing that the community was well established when the base was built during World War II. Wikipedia has good description of how it all came to be. (wiki/Government_Hill,_Anchorage) It seems the Alaska Engineering Commission had built some homes there and created a community that was preserved when the Air Force took over the extensive farmland to the north. As in 1965, the modern Government Hill is a distinct and somewhat isolated community with a proud sense of Identity, so it has a presence on Facebook and active groups fighting to preserve the integrity of the area.
|The New Government Hill 2016|