Monday, June 24, 2013

Amazing Old Pictures of Palmer!

Definitely vintage style!

Click on each image to view it full size. Enjoy!!!

[caption id="attachment_126" align="alignnone" width="300"]Main Street, Palmer, Alaska View of main street, Palmer, Alaska, with buildings and cars. Businesses shown include Bert's, Palmer Cocktail Bar, and Greyhound Stage Depot. 1941.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_130" align="alignnone" width="300"]Palmer Valley Hospital Exterior view of Valley Hospital in Palmer, Alaska. 1954.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_131" align="alignnone" width="300"]Palmer Valley Hospital Kitchen View of kitchen in Valley Hospital in Palmer, Alaska. 1954.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_134" align="alignnone" width="300"]Palmer Station, Alaska View showing the roadbed of the Government Railroad near Palmer in the Matanuska Valley. Between Matanuska and Palmer the land is flat and practically all of it has been settled upon by homesteaders. Many agricultural scenes can be observed from the trains running through this section. Circa 1914-1917.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_135" align="alignnone" width="300"]Players and spectators at a baseball game in Palmer, 1936 Players and spectators at a baseball game in Palmer. New Palmer school building and Chugach Mountains visible in background. 1936.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_137" align="alignnone" width="300"]Placing of CornerStone Palmer Day Palmer Alaska A crowd is gathered around the base of a flagpole or monument in Palmer, watching the cornerstone being laid. A wheelbarrow is parked beside the man laying the cornerstone. On image: "P-548" and "Hewitts Photo Shop, Anchorage". 5/15/1937.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_138" align="alignnone" width="300"]Queen Palmer Day Palmer Alaska The Queen of Palmer Day is seated on a throne, with four girls and a boy at her feet. A boy dressed in a suit is seated beside her. A large crowd looks on. "P-542-B Hewitts Photo Shop" written on photo. 5/15/37.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"]Automobiles parked on street outside businesses in Palmer 1941 View across a gravel road at automobiles parked outside business store fronts in Palmer. Signs on businesses (left to right): "Photo Shop", "Frisco House". Palmer street scene, 1941.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_139" align="alignnone" width="300"]Palmer Community Church 1941 A view across the parking lot to the front of the one-story Palmer community church, Alaska. 1941[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_141" align="alignnone" width="300"]Colony_Farmers__Trading_Post_Palmer_Alaska_ca_19361937 Photographic postcard of a Palmer street in winter. There are a few, widely scattered buildings on the street. A Matanuska Valley colonist is in the middle of the road, standing on a sled drawn by two horses. Another horse drawn sled is visible to the right. Pedestrians and a few automobiles are visible further down the street. Snow covered mountains dominate the skyline. Circa 1936-1937.[/caption]

That was a piece of history, wasn't it! We hope you liked them as much as we did. Our thanks to the University of Alaska for all these photos and specially to the photographers. We'll be adding a new city each week... see you next week!


  1. I have and read the book, "We Shall Be Remembered". The true story of how Palmer and I guess the whole area, was started. Still decendants of those in the book, that live there. Awesome history!

  2. That would be a nice book to read! Thanks for sharing Susan! I personally love history; egyptian, greek, roman, english, american, alaskan, you name it! I wish I had a time machine!!!