The O’Hare Team Community List
Anchorage, unlike every other large town in Alaska south of the Brooks Range, was neither a fishing nor mining camp. The area within tens of miles of Anchorage is barren of significant economic metal minerals; there is no fishing fleet operating out of Anchorage. The city grew from its happenstance choice as the site, in 1914, of a railroad construction port for the Alaska Railroad. The railroad was built between 1915 and 1923.
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In the late 1800’s, the Boston and Klondike company made the first sled dog trail through Big Lake into the Talkeetna Mountains. Homesteaders made their way to Big Lake in the 1920’s, with more settlers arriving after World War II. Since then, the area has continued to grow and Big Lake today has a population of approximately 2,700 people.
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Chugiak is an unincorporated community in the Municipality of Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska, situated approximately 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Anchorage. It is located between Eagle River to the south, and Eklutna to the north, and between Knik Arm to the west and the Chugach Mountains to the east. There are about 7,000 residents, most of whom work in Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, and are spread out mainly along the Glenn Highway.
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The 2000 census found a population of 22,236 in Eagle River and an additional 8,000 in the settlements northeast of Eagle River: Chugiak, Birchwood, Peters Creek, Thunderbird Falls and Eklutna. About 30,000 people live in the Eagle River and Chugiak areas, on both sides of the Glenn Highway. Many personnel from Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base live in Eagle River, and many of the area’s civilian residents commute to Anchorage jobs.
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Houston is a bedroom community just ten minutes northwest of Wasilla and a short commute to Anchorage. We still have affordable land and housing for a family to get a start in life without having to mortgage the kids to own a home, but still having all the comforts of a city. Recreation activity is unsurpassed; you cannot go five minutes from your home without finding world class lake or river fishing.
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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is a United States military facility adjacent to Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. It is an amalgamation of the former United States Air Force Elmendorf Air Force Base and the United States Army Fort Richardson, which were merged in 2010.
It is the home of the Headquarters, Alaskan Command (ALCOM), Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR), Joint Task Force-Alaska (JTF-AK), Eleventh Air Force (11 AF), the 673d Air Base Wing, the 3rd Wing, the 176th Wing and other Tenant Units.
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Palmer began in 1916 as a railway station on the Matanuska branch of the Alaska Railroad largely to serve coal mines in the Jonesville/Sutton area northeast of Palmer. It was named for station master Stanley Duncan Palmer. In 1935, during the Great Depression, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal projects, established the Matanuska Colony.
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A quiet and small community, Peter’s Creek is located in south-central Alaska, about 22 mile northeast of downtown Anchorage. The Birchwood Airport provides a home base for private pilots. There is also an active shooting range for the target enthusiasts, great walking and hiking trails, and if water sports is more your thing, you can go kayaking on Peter’s Creek. Come enjoy the wholesome living that Peter’s Creek Alaska provides plenty of!
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Ahtna and Dena’ina Athabascan Indians have occupied this territory for centuries. During the Russian fur trading era, Ahtna transported pelts from the Dena’ina along the Matanuska River to Copper Fort in the east. Sutton was founded around 1918 as a station on the Matanuska branch of the Alaska Railroad for coal export purposes. The railroad went through Sutton to the Chickaloon Mine. The Sutton Coal Washery operated from 1920 to 1922.
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Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States and the fourth-largest city in the state. It is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state. The city’s population was 5,469 at the 2000 census; the Census Bureau estimated that it had risen to 10,256 in 2008. Wasilla is the largest city in the borough and a part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 364,701 in 2008.
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