Annual Solstice Cemetery Tour
Celebrate the official first day of summer with a guided historical walk through the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.
The theme of this year’s tour is “Anchorage’s Original Town Site Settlers”; the tour will feature graveside presentations of 10 pioneers that helped build Anchorage’s foundation.
The tour is free to the public and begins at 7pm, rain or shine. Attendees are asked to meet at the Bagoy Gate of the park at 7th Avenue and Cordova Street. Please, no parking inside the cemetery gates.
The annual solstice cemetery tour is sponsored by Cook Inlet Historical Society and Anchorage Historic Properties. Audrey and Bruce Kelly will be your hosts for the tour, continuing the tradition established by the late John Bagoy in 1996.
The Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery is located between 6th and 9th Avenues and Fairbanks and Cordova Streets in downtown Anchorage. It is owned by the Municipality of Anchorage and operated by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The cemetery was originally established as the Cemetery Reserve by President Woodrow Wilson in Executive Order 2242 of August 31, 1915, coincident with the federal survey of the original Anchorage Town site.
For more information, please contact Cemetery Director Rob Jones at 343-6814.