Gone, but forever notorious:

bars of Southwest Alaska

 

COLD BAY

        Weathered Inn: 1984 – 2002

 

KODIAK

        Beachcombers 1944 - 1992.  1855 Mission Road

 

        Belmont 1940 - 1958

 

        Breaker’s: 1953 - 2004.  Owned by Fred and Ruth Brechan, who also owned the Breakers Bar in Nome.

 

        Casino: 1944 - 1964

 

        Diamond Jim’s (aka Harvester Inn): 1990 - 2003

 

        Idle Hour: 1944 – 1964

 

        Montmartre: 1942 – 1972  see War Discovers Alaska book

 

        Ship’s Tavern: 1940 - 1993

 

        Solly’s Office: 1966 – 1992.  Named for the three phone booths inside, the bar doubled as an office for many fisherman.

 

UNALASKA

        Elbow Room: 1966 – 2005.  First known as the Blue Fox when it opened in 1942, this bar earned a reputation for being rough and                 rowdy.  When I visited for the first time in 1992, a man picked a fight with my host (the City Planner for Unalaska) just 5 minutes               after we walked in the door.

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