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Talkeetna was founded as a trading post for the Alaska Commercial Company in 1910; it was accessible by steamboat up the Susitna River from Knik. In 1912, however, the company moved its post and the young town faded until the Alaska Railroad established a construction camp at the site in 1915. The Alaska Engineering Commission sold lots here in 1918, and Talkeetna continued to be a supply point for the surrounding mining region. The community is still a prominent stop on the Alaska Railroad, serving as the main point of embarkation for climbers of Mount McKinley. Although located on a 14-mile spur off the Parks Highway, the town advertises its arts and crafts and attracts a fair number of tourists.

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Alison K. Hoagland

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