The Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum

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Joe Danich Buys the Little Dipper Roadhouse

1939 – Joe Danich buys the Little Dipper roadhouse and it soon becomes the social center of Girdwood.  Danich was an original incorporator of Alyeska Ski Resort and a former Mayor of Girdwood.  The Little Dipper, at the entrance to the valley, burned down during the 1964 earthquake.

Prior to Joe Danich’s purchasing the roadhouse, there was another poolroom and bar in the same building. There was a grocery in the same area (possibly the same building run by an Italian named Joe Reno).

(Photo courtesy of Georgia Pitzer)

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