We invite you to wander through our village. While there is no official 'founding' date, the first permanent occupation of Talkeetna was a tent city in 1916, when the area became the district headquarters for construction of the rail line from Seward to Fairbanks. More permanent log and frame buildings were built in the following years.
There is evidence that this area has been intermittently occupied by several different nomadic tribes of Natives for thousands of years. Research and archeological digs have found arrowheads, food cache pits and other signs of habitation. Recent linguistic studies indicate that each tribe named the area similarly in its dialect. In Ahtna, it was "Taa'i Na." The Dena'ina called it "K'dalkitnu." Both terms translate roughly to "where flowing waters meet" or "food is stored river."
The tour stays in the downtown area, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings are both public and private.
Please visit the us at our museum (stop 16). We are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day of the week through mid-September. Winter hours are limited to Saturday and Sunday. The minimal admission price to our museum helps us to maintain some of the buildings you'll see and to preserve the heritage of our pioneering past. You can help out by visiting our website at www.talkeetnahistoricalsociety.org and making a donation.