in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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- (tall keet' nuh)
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Geography and Climate
- Located at the junction of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers, it lies 115 miles north of Anchorage at mile 226.7 of the Alaska Railroad. The paved Talkeetna Spur Road runs 14 miles east off the George Parks Highway at milepost 98.7.
- January temperatures range from -33 to 33 °F; July can range from 42 to 83 °F. Annual precipitation averages 28 inches, with 70 inches of snowfall.
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History and Culture
- The Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers join the Susitna River at Talkeetna, a Dena'ina (Tanaina) word meaning "river of plenty." Talkeetna was settled as a mining town and Alaska Commercial Company trading post in 1896. A gold rush to the Susitna River brought prospectors to the area, and by 1910 Talkeetna was a riverboat steamer station, supplying miners and trappers in the Cache Creek, Iron Creek, and Broad Creek districts. In 1915, Talkeetna was chosen as the headquarters for the Alaska Engineering Commission, who built the Alaska Railroad, and the community population peaked near 1,000. World War I and completion of the railroad in 1919 dramatically decreased the population. Talkeetna has since developed as an aviation and supply base for expeditions to Denali. Several of its old log buildings are now historical landmarks, and Talkeetna was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 1993. State land disposals and homestead programs helped the community grow.
- Talkeetna is popular for its recreational fishing, hunting, boating, flightseeing, skiing, and dog mushing. Local businesses provides services to Denali climbers. Middle and high school students are bused to Y, at milepost 98, in the Susitna Valley.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Talkeetna is accessible by road, air, and train. The Talkeetna Spur Road connects to the George Parks Highway. There are two state-owned runways. One is asphalt and the other is a gravel strip. There are several additional airstrips in the vicinity, including one owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. There is an Alaska Railroad depot. While Talkeetna is accessible to charter and private aircraft, there is no regularly scheduled service between Talkeetna and Anchorage, which can be reached by road.
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