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Miners began trading at this site and established the first trading post here in 1896. A gold rush to the Susitna River brought prospectors to the area and by 1910, Talkeetna became a riverboat steamer station. In 1915, the town was designated as homebase for the Alaska Engineering Commission, the group who would build the Alaska Railroad. The community population rose to 1,000.

World War I and the completion of the railroad in 1919 dramatically decreased the population, which now registers at 363. Thirteen of Talkeetna's 24 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

This historic community is located in the shadow of Denali, at the junction the Chulitna, Susitna and Talkeetna rivers. Alaska residents and visitors come to Talkeetna for the incredible views, breathtaking flights to Mt. McKinley, world-class salmon fishing, rafting and boating excursions, and many other activities. Many visitors say that Talkeetna is the real Alaska they have heard about for years. Come visit and take in the best view of McKinley and the Alaska Range from the deck at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

» Discover the South Side of Denali at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

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