4. Spenard Area Food & True Crime Walking Tour - New for 2023!
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During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Anchorage was wild and dangerous. Flush with oil money from the pipeline being built, working men from all over the country arrived in masses.
Where there is an excess of working men & women with pockets full of cash and who are living in the fast lane places like brothels, bars, strip clubs, and gambling joints pop up overnight. Organized crime and gangs brought in illegal substances which poured into the city to feed everyone’s addictions.
Dangerous men were plenty and it’s easy to disappear in the wilderness of Alaska, especially when you have a helping hand. Intriguing stories can come about because of debauchery, and we are here to tell you the sultry details.
This tour is all about the true crime of Anchorage during this time period. Our focus is placed specifically on the notorious Spenard neighborhood, which was known as the center of it all. This is not for the faint of heart, children, or the pious amongst us.
This Spenard True Crime Tour covers some of the history and people mentioned in Johnny’s Girl, a nationally acclaimed memoir by Kim M. Rich. This fascinating book tells the tale of an ordinary girl living an extraordinary childhood in Anchorage, AK during this time period.
Kim’s father, John F. “Johnny” Rich was a major player in the underworld of Anchorage, Alaska in the 1960’s. Her mother was Frances “Ginger” Rich, an exotic dancer and B-girl who suffered from mental illness. Kim’s father was brutally murdered when she was 15, a consequence of his lifestyle.
This true story is the perfect companion piece for this Alaska food tour.
We will end our night at two of the most famous bars in Alaskan history for a drink. If you're lucky, and on your worst behavior, you might have the great pleasure of meeting the infamous Wicked Wanda.
This tour includes stories that some may find disturbing. While we do talk about factual true crime events which were terrible, guides do not go into graphic detail. Our goal is to maintain an accurate retailing of historical events in a tasteful and intriguing manner.