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Located at the end of the road in the land of the midnight sun, the historic village of Talkeetna has played a significant role in trapping, mining, railroading, and mountaineering history. Talkeetna's function as a gathering place and transportation hub in America's last frontier has been important from its onset and continues today. People from around the world gather in Talkeetna each year in preparation to ascend Denali (Mount McKinley), North America's tallest peak and one of the world's most challenging mountains. Talkeetna continues to preserve its rural Alaskan character, charm, and culture while annually hosting thousands of climbers and visitors from around the globe. Locals and guests enjoy Talkeetna's Bachelor Auction, Mountain Mama Contest, and Moose on the Loose events.
ISBN: 9780738596280
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Alaska
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Roberta Sheldon, Talkeetna resident for over 48 years, writes the introduction to this unique local history. Author Tom Sisul, a longtime Talkeetna resident and retired schoolteacher from the Matanuska-Susitna School District, graduated in education/history from Central Washington University. Sisul partnered with his niece Joy Keniston-Longrie, a University of Washington graduate, to write this local history book. Photographs were contributed from the Talkeetna Historical Society, University of Alaska, the National Park Service, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and private collections.
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