Destination: Talkeetna AlaskaWritten by Joe Kuberka
Talkeetna, Alaska is located north of Anchorage and south of Denali National Park. The town was established in 1919 to be the Engineering Commission Headquarters during the construction of the Alaskan Railroad.
The railroad still passes through Talkeetna today, bringing many passengers and visitors to this community from Anchorage and Fairbanks. In 1964, the road from Anchorage to Talkeetna was completed and dependence on the railroad was drastically reduced.
If you are driving between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Talkeetna is located on a “spur road”—this means it is a road that goes in to the town and nowhere else. The spur to Talkeetna is 17 miles long. You may also travel to Talkeetna by airplane, of course.