Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska
Learning About Our Earliest Residents
By Coleen Mielke 2004
When using the following information, please keep in mind the following:
All information extracted by Coleen Mielke 2004
1. Census takers often spell names of people and places phonetically (especially in areas where the general population could not read or write). So what appears as (for example) Alexan on the 1900 U.S. Census, might look like Alexa on the 1910 and Alexie on the 1920 and Alex-see on the 1930. The rule of thumb with census work is to keep an open mind when it comes to spelling variations, then double check, double check, double check.
2. The information below is my own translation of a hand written record. You should use this information only as a guide to your own further research. If you find an entry that looks like your family, I strongly suggest that you look at the microfilms yourself for confirmation. Some of the films were poor in quality, some were very faint, and some census takers simply had terrible penmanship. All of these things made sections of the films very hard to read correctly.
3. If you find your family on any of these pages, or if you find an occasion to use any of this information, I would really enjoy hearing from you !!
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EARLY obituary extracts from Anchorage, Knik and Palmer newspapers (starting 1916)
Matanuska Susitna Valley Early Settlers 1915
Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska Territory 1900 U.S. Census Information
Census 1946 and 1948
Cordova Recording District 1930
Alaska Natives found in the villages of Eyak, Katalla, Copper River, Valdez,
Chenega, Tatitlek, Ellamar, Cordova and a few Prince William Sound Fur Farms
Chitina Recording District 1930
Alaska Native villages of Scotty Creek, Tetlin, Upper Nabesna, Mile 186 Richardson Hwy
Chitina, Copper Center, Chistochena, Mentasta, Lower Tonsina, Gulkana, Paxon & Gakona
JOHN GOODLATAW McCARTHY, ALASKA
Uyak Bay 1934 Census and Uyak Lagoon 1938 Census (on Kodiak Island)
A trail from Sunrise City up Six-mile River and south through the canyon.
* A winter trail from Old Knik up the Knik River then NE to the Copper River.
* A summer trail from Old Knik up the Matanuska River, passing Palmer's store and King's house to Millich Creek and, via Hicks Creek, Trail Lake and Nulchuk Tyon Village, to the Copper River (pretty much the route of the present Glenn Highway.
* A summer trail from Grubstake Gulch on Willow Creek over Hatcher Pass and down to Palmer's Upper House with a branch leading to Vacilla's and to Mellish House.
1912, other much used trails had developed northward from Seward and out
Knik to the east and west (and various mines):
Seward Trail (1905) from Eklutna, over Peter's Creek, through the mountains,
down Crow Creek and Glacier Creek, passed Kern Creek, 20 Mile Creek, Portage
Creek and up Placer River.
* Watson Coal Trail, which was later known as the Goodwin Trail and which was the first lap of the Iditarod trail from Knik to Susitna Station:
* The Klondike and Boston Co., Summer Trail along the beach from Knik to Cottonwood then towards the mountains, passing between Lake Lucille and Wasilla Lake to Grubstake Gulch (now part of Knik-Wasilla Road) with a branch marked R.R. Trail, to the Kashwitna River.
* Carle Road (now Fishhook Road) developed a little later from Knik between Lake Lucille and Wasilla Lake to the gold fields of Hatcher Pass.
* Dalton Trail branched of the Carle Road as it entered the Little Susitna Canyon and then ran east to the coal mines.
* Information extracted from a book called: Old Times on Upper Cook's Inlet by Louise Potter
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