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.

The Wasilla Museum and Visitor Center showcases gold mining, Alaska wildlife, homesteading and dog mushing. The Visitor Center provides maps and information on the local stops and shops in and around town. Discover exhibits on gold mining, wildlife, homesteading and dog mushing. Visitors can view exciting traveling exhibitions, learn local history and wander through historic homes and buildings. The 1931 Community Building, the 1917 Herning Mercantile and the 1917 School House are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wasilla Museum offers tours and events year-round. Check out their website, Facebook or Instagram for current listing of events and activities. Open year-round, Tuesday to Friday from 9am–5pm.

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

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.

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