Many of the namesakes of the buildings and streets in Anchorage are colorful characters.

Our guest this week is historian and author Laurel Downing Bill. She penned the Aunt Phil’s Trunk historical series of books. She’s authored four volumes of Alaska history books and is currently working on her fifth.

Bill arrived to the Frontiers interview dressed in costume to reflect the era she writes about. In this web extra, Bill talks more about her costume and shares colorful stories about Z-J Loussac, Cap Lathrop, Joe Spenard and Russian Jack.

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