This is Unalaska (near Dutch Harbor) Alaska, as seen from the hill overlooking
the town. Your seeing what the town looks like from the left to the right,
including a fishing boat leaving the harbor, and (below) the Elbow Room
During World War II, Dutch Harbor came to life as a base
for PBY Aircraft, sailors and soldiers. Restricted from town (and any drinking
establishments) except for one hour per day, the visiting military found
ways to make the most of that one hour. If you go to Dutch Harbor (not
shown on this web site), you can still find some of the officer housing,
some concrete bunkers and the remains of the PBY base (now the islands
On April 12, 1966 Larry Shaishnikoff and Carol Moller, the
owners, were able to purchase what's now known as The Elbow Room Bar,
LLC, and the house across the street for a only $800.00. Larry quickly
converted the Blue Fox Cocktail Lounge into what is known today as
The Elbow Room Bar.
Now we shift a little forward to the gangbuster 80's. Day's
when the waitresses and band's could make several hundred dollars in
tips per night from fishermen who were making thousand's per day. Yes,
there were occasional fights, but usually the patrons would push out
who ever was fighting onto the street outside, and the bar would lock
the door till everything was settled down again. After all was said and
done, the two "contestants" would usually clean themselves up and buy everyone
a round - fight over, everyone friends again.
Things are a little more quiet these days. But it's interesting
to find how many people all over the world know about this little bar
near the edge of the earth, and how many have walked through these doors,
or know someone who has, sometime in their life.
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