Wasilla

Wasilla is a town in Alaska with a population of 9,098. Wasilla is in Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Living in Wasilla offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Wasilla there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Wasilla. The public schools in Wasilla are above average.

About

Wasilla is situated between the Matanuska and Susitna valleys of south-central Alaska, about 45 miles north of Anchorage.

There are traces of human habitation here going back several thousand years. First by the Dena’ina Alaska natives then the Russians in the 1700s. In 1917 the Alaska Railroad was extended to join with the Carle Wagon Road and Wasilla became the main supply center in the area. Over the past several years, it has been one of America’s fastest growing cities and is the fifth largest city in the state with a population of around 7000. Sarah Palin was Wasilla’s mayor before her election as Governor of Alaska from 2006 -2009.

Wasilla is also the headquarters for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race that is a commemoration of Alaska’s colorful past. The Iditarod Trail, which is now a national historical trail, had its beginnings as a mail and supply route. It began in the coastal towns of Seward and Knik and extended to the interior mining communities and beyond to the west coast villages. Mail and supplies went in, gold came out, all via dog sled.


Real Estate

Crime and Safety

C Based on violent and property crime rates.

Residents

B- Based on ethnic and economic diversity.

Visitors Information

The Wasilla Museum and Visitor Center showcases gold mining, Alaska wildlife, homesteading and dog mushing. The Visitor Center provides maps and information on the local stops and shops in and around town. Discover exhibits on gold mining, wildlife, homesteading and dog mushing. Visitors can view exciting traveling exhibitions, learn local history and wander through historic homes and buildings. The 1931 Community Building, the 1917 Herning Mercantile and the 1917 School House are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wasilla Museum offers tours and events year-round. Check out their website, Facebook or Instagram for current listing of events and activities. Open year-round, Tuesday to Friday from 9am–5pm. www.cityofwasilla.com/departments-divisions/museum

Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce For a complete listing of events and activities in the Wasilla area check out our website. 415 E Railroad Ave. 907-376-1299 wasillachamber.org

History

The town of Wasilla was founded in 1917 and came into prominence when the Alaska Railroad was built to access the interior and resources of Alaska and in doing so served the Willow Creek Mining District. From 1907 until the mines were closed by the government during World War II, the district contributed to Alaska’s lode gold production. Most of the mining activity was focused in the area of the Little Susitna drainage, but the name “Willow Creek District” was retained from older usage, even though the mines in the Willow Creek drainage for the most part had been worked out or closed. At a time when gold was valued between $20 to $35 an ounce almost 18 million dollars’ worth of gold was extracted from mines with names like Gold Cord, Independence, Lucky Shot and War Baby.


Best Places to Stay in Wasilla, Alaska

Best Western Lake Lucille Inn

Best Western Lake Lucille Inn is the Valley’s premier hotel. Located on Lake Lucille with breathtaking views of the Chugach Range; only 45 miles from Anchorage. They have meeting facilities, a fitness room, free Wi-fi, and an excellent breakfast bar.


Camping in Wasilla


Big Bear RV Park

Big Bear RV Park is family owned and operated. This clean and friendly campground is centrally located in the heart of the Mat-Su Valley just a few miles from both the cities of Palmer and Wasilla. The Park has a total of 47 RV sites, 6 cabins, and 6 tent sites. Showers, WiFi, potable water, and a dump station are included with those staying.

Lake Lucille Park

Fifty-nine spaces for tents or RVs. This 80-acre park provides non-motorized lake access, a boardwalk and fishing deck, restrooms and drinking water, trails, day use area, fire pits, & group camping area. Is located at the end of Endeavor Street at mile 2.4 Knik-Goose Bay Road, south of Wasilla.

Finger Lake State Recreation Site

Finger Lake State Recreation Site is six miles from Palmer, Mile 1.5 Bogard Road, Wasilla. 36 campsites, 10 picnic sites, water, toilets, and a boat launch. Check Visitor Info Center for detailed ma


Best Things to Do in Wasilla Alaska

Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry

The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry displays handmade autos, trains, snow machines, boats, military planes, and mining equipment. Learn about Alaska’s Pioneering women, gold mining, and aviation. Only four miles from downtown Wasilla.

The Wasilla Museum & Visitor Center

View exciting traveling exhibits; learn local history and walk-through time in historic homes and buildings. The Wasilla Museum and Visitor Center showcase gold mining, Alaska wildlife, homesteading, and dog mushing.

Iditarod Race Headquarters

Wasilla is home to the Iditarod Headquarters, which features a museum, gift shop, and sled dog rides. Anchorage is the ceremonial starting line for this world-famous race, but after a short run to Eagle River, the race is restarted in Willow. Until 2003 the race was restarted in Wasilla, but due to urbanization and lack of snow, the restart was moved. Stop by the Headquarters to learn more about “The Last Great Race.”

Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass is 18 miles north of Palmer, in the high mountain summits. Cabins left from the Gold Rush still rest on the summit of the highest peaks to the lowest areas of the valley. Summer activities include hiking, biking, camping & wildlife viewing.

You can reach Hatcher Pass on Palmer Fishhook Road, at Mile 49 of the Glenn Highway. The road is paved from Palmer to Hatcher Pass and accesses the very interesting Independence Mine State Historical Park.

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Independence Mine State Historical Park at Hatcher Pass offers a preserved experience of what life was like back in the Gold Rush. Inside this historic mine, you’ll see displays about mining, natural history, and the story of Independence Mine. A guided tour will take you inside some of the mining camps’ historic buildings.

Alaskan Husky Adventures

Located between Anchorage and Denali in Willow, Alaska. is home to the start of the Iditarod sled dog race and one of the largest populations of dog mushers per capita. Each spring, their team competes in Iditarod, Alaska’s world famous, thousand-mile race. Throughout the year, they welcome locals and visitors to meet the dogs, see how they train, and experience your own dog sledding adventure!

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Public Transportation

Anchorage – People Mover Exit Site
Bethel – Bethel Public Transit System
Fairbanks – MACS Transit
Girdwood – Glacier Valley Transit
Gulkana – Soaring Eagle Transit
Hollis – Inter-Island Ferry Authority
Juneau – Capital Transit
Ketchikan – The Bus
Kodiak – Kodiak Area Transit System
Mat-Su – Valley Transit (formerly Mat-Su Community Transit (MASCOT) and Valley Mover)
Sitka – The Ride
Soldotna – Central Area Rural Transit (CARTS)
Talkeetna – Sunshine Transit
Tok – Interior Alaska Bus LIne