Matanuska Valley

Colony barn in a gated subdivision near Palmer. (photo by Helen Hegener/Northern Light Media)


The Matanuska Valley’s complex, colorful and vibrant past has left it speckled with picturesque farms and fields which stand in stark contract to the wilderness only a few miles away. At the same time, the rampant growth of the Matanuska Valley’s population and the incessant subdivision and development of what was once rich farmland threatens those picturesque elements, even as heritage-aware groups form and fight to save the farms and historic buildings which remain.

“Back in 1935, those original Valley Colonists already knew this fertile valley could produce a rich agrarian heritage, making Palmer the only Alaskan community to develop from an agricultural lifestyle.”    

-City of Palmer website


One comment on “Matanuska Valley

  1. Gale Barnett says:

    I have a great photo of sky ranch barn with alpenglow sunset from the inside of gate.

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