Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Historic Talkeetna in May, before the summer hordes arrive

Talkeetna Roadhouse, built between 1914 and 1917
Here are some photos of historic buildings in Talkeetna. We have been stopping there as part of our job for the past three months, and had a very nice time.

Fairview Inn, built in 1923

There are lots of reasons for visiting, but I’m mainly interested in the history. The cook at the West Rib Pub told us Princess Tours drops about 2,000 tourists a day in town during the summer. Not my idea for a summer destination, but it is nice in the spring, before the tourist hordes arrive. 

Nagley's Store, built before 1915

According to the Talkeetna Historical Society, a settlement called Susitna Station was in existence here by 1915, when it was a riverboat station providing supplies to prospectors. In 1916 the location was selected as s divisional headquarters for the construction of the Alaska Railroad. The Alaska Railroad surveyed a townsite in 1919. The town is on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

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