In 1994 Alaska Guestours Inc. was formed as a booking source and Day Tour Operations. Back then, day tours weren’t as popular as they have grown to be today. Barbara and Caleb Aldeman were struggling to put food on the table for their family while Caleb was continuing to work on the North Slope as an Ice Road Truck driver. When Caleb would return from the slope, he would resume his normal duties and help raise their four children.
One day as Caleb laid half asleep on the couch watching T.V. with his son Cyrus, he was abruptly awoken by his son screaming, “look dad, a trolley!” Barbara rushed in to see what all the commotion was about and Caleb responds with “what would you think about operating a city tour on one of these trolleys?”.
Barbaras’s response was, “Ha! You would have to sell your airplane in order to afford something like that.”
Within a week the plane was sold and with a small loan from Caleb’s father, they were off to Florida to buy a trolley. Once in Florida, they met with a company called “Cable Car Concepts.” Six months and one custom built trolley later, they were ready headed back to Alaska with their dream.
On May 4th, 1995 Anchorage Trolley was born. From 1995-2000, it would operate out of the historical 4th Avenue Theater, before making our new home in the Log Cabin Visitor Center on the corner 4th and F St. With the addition of a second 36 passenger trolley and a few new employees, Anchorage Trolley is looking toward the future. We hope to build a trolley gift shop, hire new employees from King Career Center (a high school with a tourism development program), and continue to grow our fleet!
Anchorage Trolley is a family owned and operated company with a strong sense of community. In the last 19 seasons, we have paid four college tuitions, six years of high school scholarships, and countless sponsorships in the community. We love our business and stand by our motto, “It’s not just a tour, it’s an experience!”