Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dave Contarino Explains the Evolution of Anchorage, Kentucky

Dave Contarino
Dave Contarino knows when people hear the word Anchorage, they think of Alaska. But to him, the word Anchorage means the beautiful, historic town in Kentucky where he lives. Anchorage, Kentucky, dates back to the 1700s, when people began discovering the area, which early maps identified as “Hite’s Mill.”

Today, Dave Contarino maintains a historic home in the area, where he enjoys spending as much time as possible. Below, Dave Contarino answers questions about the city that is located near the popular tourist spots of Louisville, Kentucky.

Q: Anchorage isn’t located on the water, so why the water-themed name?

Dave Contarino: The city is actually named after one of its earliest residents, a shipping boat captain whose home was called the Anchorage. He died in 1875, and three years later, the city was incorporated and named after him in order to honor him.

Q: The city attracted some of the wealthiest residents of the area in its time. What drew people to Anchorage?

Dave Contarino: Anchorage is rife with trees, which provide shade for the homes and businesses there. The foliage creates a lower temperature than is found in other areas of the region, and a lovely park like setting, creating a desirable place to live and work.

Q: As a result, the city is home to quite a few historic buildings.

Dave Contarino: Correct. My home is one of many in the area that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, some of the many historic buildings that once populated Anchorage have been destroyed to make way for more densely populated neighborhoods.

Q: Are there any well-known residents of the area?

Dave Contarino: Currently, the best-known resident is probably John Schnatter, who founded Papa John’s. Singer Joan Osborne and silent movie star Virginia Pearson were also well-known Anchorage natives. The CEO of YUM! Brands lives in Anchorage. YUM! Brands is the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC.


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