BIG I PUB AND LOUNGE ~ 122 TURNER STREET ~ FAIRBANKS, ALASKA ~ (907) 456 - 6437
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a few memories of the Big I during the pipeline days
1970 - 1973 memories
I was the night bartender at the Big I during most of those years. I was just a kid then as you could drink in those days at 19. Was during the middle of the pipeline so there were lots of characters in town. Used to close the bar down about 2 am. Then a bunch of the regulars would play dice (4-5-6) until the wee hours.
Growing up with The Big I
Having spent a number of years of my childhood in Fairbanks due to my father working on the pipeline and as the big i was a popular gathering spot for the irish community (altho' i don't recall it being an irish pub back then) we spent many a time on those premises and i would like nothing better than to sit up at the bar and have a beer 'cos all i could do back then was sit at the donkey kong table and drink shirley temples and it would be nice to show my 3 daughters where i grew up Alaska being some difference compared to Ireland and perhaps run into any of the irish fellas from the old days.
Mural on the outside wall
Hi, I met my husband, Marty, in Fairbanks, in 1973. He was a surveyor for the pipeline. We often went to the Big I & enjoyed talking to Jack Sexton. He was a true gentleman who always had kind words to say about everyone.