“The Matanuska-Susitna Valley”

The Matanuska-Susitna Valley

Home for over 20 years, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley (Mat-Su to locals) lies 35 miles north of Anchorage and is formed by three mountain ranges: the Alaska Range, the Talkeetna Mountains, and the Chugach Mountains.

Carved by glaciers leaving thousands of lakes, the Mat-Su rivers and lakes are home to the spawning grounds of chinook, coho, sockeye, pink, and chum salmon, and home to 31 state parks and campgrounds.

Originally inhabited by the Athabaskan people and explored by the Russians in 1818, 203 families from the Midwest traveled to Alaska and started the Matanuska Valley Colony in 1935 as part of the New Deal. The families were specifically chosen from the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, due to their similarly cold winter climates.  Several of the original colonist still reside here.

Nagaoka Seisakusho 4×5 Wood Field, 210mm Caltar II-N lens, f45-1/4 sec, Polarizing filter, TMax 400, D76 1:1.

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