Largest City in Alaska

Anchorage, AK

July 27th,  2002

Anchorage is Alaska's largest and most prosperous city. With over 300 thousand people in it, it makes up around half of the State's population. The city land mass encompasses an area about the size of Delaware. There are a lot of great things to see here but first it was time for some tasty fun. Laura had found a business listed in town that boasted of a chocolate fountain. We were on our way out to dinner so we drove over to the Sourdough Mining Co., which is part of the complex housing the waterfall. After dinner we wandered over to the Alaska Wild Berry Products building and there in the lobby was a most unusual sight. Starting at ceiling, high above all those who would witness,  and trickling down from one large copper kettle to another, liquid milk chocolate flowed into a large base with several levels. Built in 1994 and modified in 1996, it is the inspiration of Alaska Wild Berry Producers owner Peter Homer and was created by artist Mike Sirl. It contains 3,400 lbs of real liquid chocolate donated by the Chocolate Division of Nestle Foods. The chocolate arrived in 10 pound blocks. These blocks are still used today in the making of the various chocolate products for the store. The 20 foot chocolate-falls is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world.

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