Talkeetna (Alaska)

Matanuska- Susitna Borough


Talkeetna is a census -designated place (CDP ) in Matanuska- Susitna Borough in Alaska in the United States. The name " Talkeetna " means " place where the river food is stored ." The area is located 185 km north of Anchorage near Mount McKinley at the confluence of the rivers Susitna, Talkeetna and Chulitna.


Talkeetna was originally settled by Athapaska Indians. As 1892 was found in the lower reaches of the Susitna River gold prospectors came and prospectors in the region. 1915 elected U.S. President Woodrow Wilson Talkeetna as the headquarters for the construction of the Alaska Railroad. The city's founding took place in 1919, when the railway company 80 parcels offered for sale. Before the construction of the George Parks Highway 1964, the railway was the only land link to Talkeetna. The town center with many buildings from the early 20th century, listed as a National Historic Site.


At the time of the census in 2000 ( U.S. Census 2000) had Talkeetna CDP 772 inhabitants on a land area of ​​107.7 km ². The median age was 39.0 years ( national U.S. average: 35.3 years ). The per capita income ( per capita income engl. ) amounted to U.S. $ 23,695 ( U.S. National Average: U.S. $ 21,587 ). 10.8 % of residents were with their income below the poverty line ( national U.S. average: 12.4 %). 16.8% of the inhabitants are of German origin, 13.2% are Irish and 10.0% English ancestry. 9.1% of the population are Alaska Native descendants.

Economy and infrastructure

The town lives on tourism. Anglers, rafters and mountaineers use Talkeetna as a base. At the annual Moose Dropping Festival crafts from throughout Alaska will be offered. The area is accessible via the George Parks Highway and the Talkeenna Spur Road. On well-developed airport ( IATA code: TKA ) are many small air taxi companies operate. The base camp on the southern flank of Mount McKinley is easily accessible from Talkeetna.

  • Talkeetna

Fairview Inn

Coffee Cabin


Official mayor of the town is to be a cat named Stubbs since 1997. This is obviously a staged for the media myth.