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Anchorage, Alaska's largest city

Anchorage turns 100

Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, kicked off its centennial celebration in 2013 with museum exhibits and celebrations of all kinds. Originally established in 1913 as a tent city that housed construction workers laying track for the Alaska Railroad, Anchorage’s central location led to its establishment as the state’s urban hub. It was formally incorporated as a city in 1915, and has grown from a few thousand construction workers to nearly 300,000 residents in its 100-year history.

The city will also commemorate the 90th anniversary of the completion of the Alaska Railroad this year. In 1923, President Warren G. Harding drove in a ceremonial golden spike, marking the line’s completion and connecting its northern end to Anchorage. The celebrations will continue through 2015 with the celebration of the city's formal 100th anniversary.

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