Q. When we rode the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks one time, we noticed a tall, skinny, strange looking house set in the trees not far from the tracks. We were told it was built when the trees were much shorter, and as they grew, the owner just kept tacking on one more story on top of the previous one, so that he could still view the mountains. Would you know the exact location of this house? Thanks, Pam
A. I called the railroad for you, Pam, and found out there is indeed such a house. It is located somewhere between Willow and Talkeetna which is between 50 and 75 miles north of me. I live in Wasilla. Anyway, she says there is a point along the Parks Highway where you can pull off and look back thru the trees and see it from the road. Next time I travel up the Parks (will be in June when my cousins are visiting) I’ll be sure and look for it and report back its exact location. I’ll put it under a ‘Wierd House Alert’!
I have long been amused and amazed by the different kinds of homes built up here. Everything from the sublime to the ridiculous, believe me. Near us, there is one that is like two small frame houses; one set on a little hill above the other. There is a wooden tunnel going downhill from the top house and connecting to the bottom one. I am thinking maybe it is a one family home with a ‘mother-in-law’ apartment above them, as it is the smaller one. Probably so old mum won’t have to get out in the weather to come to the big house for supper! Suppose? I always speculate on whether there are steps in the tunnel…or maybe just a slide…..Wheeee!
Your question was an interesting one, Pam, and renewed my desire to start an album showing different style houses up here. -BJ