Historic Talkeetna in May, before the summer hordes arrive
|Talkeetna Roadhouse, built between 1914 and 1917|
Here are some photos of historic buildings in Talkeetna. We have been stopping there as part of our job for the past three months, and had a very nice time.
|Fairview Inn, built in 1923|
There are lots of reasons for visiting, but I’m mainly interested in the history. The cook at the West Rib Pub told us Princess Tours drops about 2,000 tourists a day in town during the summer. Not my idea for a summer destination, but it is nice in the spring, before the tourist hordes arrive.
|Nagley’s Store, built before 1915|
According to the Talkeetna Historical Society, a settlement was in existence here by 1915, when it was a riverboat station providing supplies to prospectors. In 1916 the location was selected as s divisional headquarters for the construction of the Alaska Railroad. The Alaska Railroad surveyed a townsite in 1919. The downtown was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.