#TBT: The Alaskan Corral — Yes, Yakima Once Had a ‘Strip Club’
For today's "Throwback Thursday" submission, I pulled out this decades-old advertisement for the "Alaskan Corral," dated 1969. The Corral was once at the corner of South First Street and Yakima Avenue and, besides "continuous entertainment," it also featured go-go dancers who performed topless.
The Corral shuttered in 1977, but the large neon sign above it's doors can still be seen at the Yakima Valley Museum in their display titled "Neon Garden".
According to the museum's website: "The Corral was donated to the museum by Gene Gandy, Jr. The Alaska Corral bar and nightclub opened at 16 East Yakima Avenue in 1957. During its 20 years of business, the Corral grew in infamy when topless go-go dancers were added to the entertainment offerings. The Alaska Corral closed in 1977 and is now remembered as the last 'stripper bar' in Yakima. The building at 16 East Yakima Avenue has been torn down and is now the site of Wells Fargo and Key Bank drive-up banking services. The sign needs all new neon tubes (hot pink) and a paint job. If you would like to help the Neon Garden grow, please contact the Yakima Valley Museum."
The former owner of the Corrall, Everett “Fritz” Fretland, was murdered in 1975 inside the old Wagon Wheel restaurant in Selah (which he also owned.) Fretland was shot five times in the back.