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MATANUSKA-SUSITNA VALLEY, ALASKA
Researching Our South Central Alaska Roots

By Coleen Mielke  2014



       


coleen_mielke@hotmail.com


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1900-1962  MISC. MARRIAGES, DEATHS, MURDERS AND SUICIDES 


EARLY ALASKA NEWSPAPER EXTRACTS 1882-1953


World War I  Draft Registrations for men born in Alaska


 HOMESTEAD LOCATION PAPERS 1901-1916
 


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO/CORRECT
THE
VALLEY PIONEER DIRECTORY PROJECT

CLICK ON THIS LINK



THE BIRTH OF WASILLA

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THE WRECK OF THE GHOST SHIP
CALLED THE GENERAL SIGLIN

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1908 IDITAROD MAIL ROUTE FIELD NOTES

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MURRAY FAMILY PHOTOS  IN ALASKA 1956


EARLY IDITAROD TRAIL ROADHOUSES
KNIK TO NOME

ALASKA RAILROAD MILE MARKERS
BETWEEN SEWARD AND FAIRBANKS IN 1920


FEDERAL PRISON IN VALDEZ, ALASKA 1910-1940


THE HISTORY OF EL NATHAN CHILDREN's HOME
THE HISTORY OF LAZY MOUNTAIN CHILDREN's HOME
THE HISTORY OF VICTORY BIBLE CAMP


NEW   WOODY (WOOD) ISLAND MISSION PHOTOGRAPHS

WOOD ISLAND BAPTIST MISSION CENSUS RECORDS

 

"THE LAKE CREEK HANGING"
A TRUE STORY

 

1906 ALASKA ADVENTURE  written by Tom O'Dale

CHIEF SIMEON EZI


GOLD MINING FATALITIES 1913-1923



THE VIOLENT DEATHS OF
 TOM STEPHAN in 1914
 TALKEETNA STEPHAN in 1917
 NAGOLIA STEPHAN in 1917
 KNIK NICOLI in 1924
 and
 ANCHORAGE POLICE CHIEF
 HARRY KAVANAUGH in 1924
 


WASILLA KIDS - PHOTO IDENTIFICATION PROJECT
CAN YOU HELP WITH THEIR NAMES?

MORE WASILLA KIDS PHOTOS FROM 1967
CAN YOU HELP WITH THEIR NAMES?

 

Matanuska Susitna Valley Early Settlers 1915


ALASKA ROAD COMMISSION TRAILS 1910-1922


Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska Territory
1900 U.S. Census Information


Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska Territory
1910  U.S. Census Information

Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska Territory
1920 U.S. Census Information

Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska Territory
1930 U.S. Census Information

Eklutna Village, Alaska Territory
1920-1945 Census Information


Wasilla & Palmer Cemeteries

MATANUSKA COLONISTS

NEW DEAL TRANSIENT WORKERS WHO BUILT THE
MATANUSKA COLONY IN 1935 

 
MATANUSKA JUNCTION 1916

MISC. COOK INLET DENA'INA INFORMATION


THE HISTORY OF KNIK

OLD KNIK  1912   MAP OF TOWN

Click Here for Tyonek Information

Susitna Station

1910 Susitna, Kroto River, Chuitna River,
Alexander Creek and Talkeetna River


Chickaloon, Alaska
Nay'dina'aa Na


Wasilla and Knik Indian Census 1939

1900-1940 Jesse Lee Children's Home  Seward, Alaska 

First Hand Account 1918 Spanish Influenza at the Jesse Lee Home



Alaska Born Students Attending Chemawa Indian School in Oregon
Alaska Born Students Buried at Chemawa Indian School Cemetery

 


TALKEETNA 1930

SUNRISE  1900
HOPE  1900-1930  
PORTAGE BAY 1900


KENAI 1900-1934
KALIFORNSKI 1910
NINILCHIK 1910
KASILOFF  1930
EAGLE ROCK 1930


  RUSSIAN ORTHODOX INFLUENCE ON DENA'INA (includes births & deaths)

POINT POSSESSION

SELDOVIA  1934  BIA CENSUS

SELDOVIA 1910 & 1930 KATCHEMAK BAY 1930
ENGLISH BAY 1910 & 1930, HOMER SETTLEMENT 1930
PORT GRAHAM 1930


BRISTOL BAY
ILIAMNA AREA

BELUGA
UNGA  
KIJIK VILLAGE


CHIGNIK BAY, BELKOFSKI, BERING SEA SIDE OF ALASKA
PENINSULA FROM BEAR RIVER TO FALSE PASS


CHENEGA 1900 - 1948

PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND 1910

NUTCHEK VILLAGE 1900

TATITLEK VILLAGE 1900 - 1952

COPPER RIVER CENSUS 1900-1940

COPPER CENTER  BIA CENSUS 1946 AND 1950

Cordova Recording District
Alaska Natives found in the villages of Eyak, Katalla, Valdez,
 Tatitlek, Ellamar, Cordova and a few Prince William Sound Fur Farms


CHISANA and NABESNA

Chitina Recording District
Alaska Native villages of Scotty Creek, Tetlin,
Upper Nabesna, Mile 186 Richardson Hwy

Chitina,  Chistochena, Mentasta, Lower Tonsina,
Gulkana, Paxon & Gakona


CANTWELL, ALASKA 1946

 
JOHN GOODLATAW   McCARTHY, ALASKA

BLIND NICK AND CAPT. SLIVERS McNEIL

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MILTON DAVID SNODGRASS

SHORTY GUSTAFSON

 
GEORGE W. PALMER  ALASKA PIONEER

 
1885 KNIK MURDER OF GEORGE HOLT

 

EARLY FARMING (1898-1904) IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA

In the towns of
Tyonek, Hope, Kenai, Knik and Sunrise


 
1940'S WASILLA
THROUGH THE EYES OF
MAY CARTER U.S. COMMISSIONER 1943-1959
POSTMASTER OF WASILLA 1943-1973

THE BARTHOLF FAMILY

THE EDLUND FAMILY

FRITZLER and EDLUND PHOTO PROJECT

1964 Alaska Earthquake Fatalities


FLECKENSTEIN and SMITH FAMILY

H. W. NAGLEY

 
PILOT POINT

 

 
   
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Trails used by Natives in the Matanuska Susitna Valley at the turn of the century:

*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.

After 1912, other much used trails had developed northward from Seward and out from
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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 These pages represent (literally) years of research. You
have my permission to use this information for your own private research, however
 I do not give permission for this information to be used commercially.
 


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A little Bit About Myself
My husbands family came to Alaska in 1940 and my parents came to Alaska in 1950. We have lived
in the Matanuska Valley for 35 years.  I enjoy helping people find their family roots... It is
very rewarding.If you need help finding your family roots or you need some research advise, drop me a line, I'd be more than happy to help all I can....
all I ask in return is an occassional update on your research. 

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