Locations in Mat-Su

Wasilla | Mat-Su

Wasilla is situated between the Matanuska and Susitna valleys of south-central Alaska, about 45 miles north of Anchorage.

There are traces of human habitation here going back several thousand years. First by the Dena’ina Alaska natives then the Russians in the 1700s. In 1917 the Alaska Railroad was extended to join with the Carle Wagon Road and Wasilla became the main supply center in the area. Over the past several years, it has been one of America’s fastest growing cities and is the fifth largest city in the state with a population of around 7000. Sarah Palin was Wasilla’s mayor before her election as Governor of Alaska from 2006 -2009.

Wasilla is also the headquarters for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race that is a commemoration of Alaska’s colorful past. The Iditarod Trail, which is now a national historical trail, had its beginnings as a mail and supply route. It began in the coastal towns of Seward and Knik and extended to the interior mining communities and beyond to the west coast villages. Mail and supplies went in, gold came out, all via dog sled.

Dorothy Page Museum was built in 1931 as a community hall and in 1967 it became Wasilla’s first museum. Today, the Museum continues to educate and inspire through exhibitions, programs and lectures. They have an expansive collection representing the most comprehensive assemblage of Wasilla artifacts in the region.
www.cityofwasilla.com/departments-divisions/museum

Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce For a complete listing of events and activities in the Wasilla area check out our website. 415 E Railroad Ave. 907-376-1299
wasillachamber.org

The town of Wasilla was founded in 1917 and came into prominence when the  Alaska Railroad was built to access the interior and resources of Alaska and in doing so served the Willow Creek Mining District. From 1907 until the mines  were closed by the government during World War II, the district contributed to Alaska’s lode gold production. Most of the mining activity was focused  in the area of the Little Susitna drainage, but the name “Willow Creek  District” was retained from older usage, even though the mines in the  Willow Creek drainage for the most part had been worked out or closed.At a time when gold was valued between $20 to $35 an ounce almost 18 million dollars worth of gold was extracted from mines with names like Gold Cord,  Independence, Lucky Shot and War Baby.

 

Lake Lucille Park

Is located at the end of Endeavor Street at mile 2.4 Knik-Goose Bay Road, south of Wasilla. Fifty-nine spaces for tents or …

 

Lake Lucille Park

Is located at the end of Endeavor Street at mile 2.4 Knik-Goose Bay Road, south of Wasilla. Fifty-nine spaces for tents or …

 

Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass is 18-miles north of Palmer, in the high mountain summits. Cabins left from the Gold Rush still rest on the …

 

Iditarod Race Headquarters

Wasilla is home to the Iditarod Headquarters, which features a museum, gift shop, sled dog rides,  Anchorage is the starting line for …

 

Museum of Alaska Transportation

Now has over 20 acres of displays. There is a train yard, many outdoor artifacts, and an exhibit hall. The Museum was …

 

Old Wasilla Town Site

Behind the Dorothy G. Page Museum the buildings are attractively situated on lots laid out in the original 1917 Townsite and open …

 

The Knik Museum

Represents a major part of Alaska’s History. Located in one of the only two remaining buildings of the Knik historic town site, …

 

The Dorothy Page Museum

Has preserved an assortment of Wasilla artifacts which represents the largest collection in the region.

 

Eska Creek Falls Trail

The Eska Creek Falls Trail is moderately difficult as the trail climbs 1300 feet in 2.5 miles. At the 1600 foot elevation …

 

West Bodenburg Butte Trail.

This is a great hike that is moderately difficult. Great views of the Matanuska Valley, Knik Glacier, Pioneer Peak and The Talkeetna …

 

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Independence Mine State Historical Park at Hatcher Pass is protected by the Alaska State Parks and offers a preserved experience of what …

 

Iditarod Race Headquarters

Wasilla is home to the Iditarod Headquarters, which features a museum, gift shop, sled dog rides,  Anchorage is the starting line for …

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