in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (tah nigh' nah)
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Geography and Climate
- Tanaina lies directly north of Wasilla, between Meadow Lakes and Fishhook, in the Mat-Su Valley. It includes housing subdivisions to the west of Wasilla-Fishhook Road. The nearby Tanaina Peak was named in 1966 in honor of the local Tanaina (Dena'ina) Athabascan Indians by the Mountaineering Club of Alaska. It lies approximately 45 miles from Anchorage.
- January temperatures range from -33 to 33 °F; July temperatures from 42 to 83 °F. The average annual precipitation is 17 inches, with 50 inches of snowfall.
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History and Culture
- The area has served as a transportation corridor since around 1906, when the first of the trails (the Carle Wagon Road) leading out of Knik to the Gold Mines in the Willow Creek Mining District was constructed. This is now the Wasilla-Fishhook Road. In 1917 Pittman was established as a section of the Alaska Railroad at mile 166.5, and a water station was added in 1920. Homesteaders settled the area after World War II, and the area continued to develop after a Department of Natural Resources land disposal during the mid-1960s. The George Parks Highway was completed in 1971. Low housing costs, the semi-rural lifestyle, and a 45-minute commute to Anchorage have supported growth in the Mat-Su Valley.
- Tanaina is a relatively large settlement. Its population is diverse. Students are bused to Big Lake, Wasilla, and Houston.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- The George Parks and Glenn Highways and other local roads connect the area Alaska's road system. It lies on the Alaska Railroad. The nearby Wasilla and Palmer airports provide scheduled commuter and air taxi services. Float planes land at Wasilla Lake, Jacobsen Lake, and Lake Lucille. There are ten additional private airstrips in the vicinity. Commercial jet flights are operated out of Anchorage International Airport.
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