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Alaska Railroad Depot

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1917. Parks Hwy. and Knik Rd.
  • Alaska Railroad Depot (Alison K. Hoagland)
  • Alaska Railroad Depot (Alaska State Library, Alaska Railroad Collection)

The Alaska Railroad Depot at Wasilla is one of only eight built at the time the railroad was constructed and is virtually unaltered, as seen in this photograph taken shortly after construction. The 52-foot-by-33-foot building has a low hip roof with broad eaves ornamented with exposed rafter ends. The roof is covered with shakes (originally asphalt), while the walls have vertical wood siding to the height of the window sill and horizontal novelty siding above. A projecting bay window on the track side denotes the station-master's office. On one end was the waiting room, and on the other, the freight room. The side of the building away from the tracks was devoted to the agent's quarters. The most visible alteration to the 1917 building—the removal of a small square cupola in the center of the roof—is minor; the building remains a pristine example of Alaska railroad architecture.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Alaska Railroad Depot", [Wasilla, Alaska], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Alaska, Alison K. Hoagland. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 127-128.

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