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Mile Marker 60.1 — 114.9 Sutton to Majestic Valley Lodge

Sutton to the Majestic Lodge, along the mighty Matanuska River, 54 miles of the most beautiful part of the Glenn Highway. Nestled between the Chugach and Talkeenta Mountain Ranges, Visit the Historic Alpine Park. Athabascan Culture Exhibits, native music, dancing and storytelling. Madwater River Rafting. Stop at Pinnacle Mt RV Park & Café’s petting zoo with over 100 animals. Gifts Stores, Antiques Shops, Native Art, gold panning, hiking, Geo-Caching Maps at the Sutton Visitors Center. The Matanuska Glacier, the only glacier accessible by car, Walk on A Glacier. Glacier Trekking & Ice climbing with Mica Guides, View wildlife, Dall sheep. Comfortable lodging, at Tundra Rose Guest Cottages, Grand View Café & RV Park , Sheep Mt. Lodge, Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge & Matanuska Lodge,…So Much To Do !

 

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· Mile 60.1

· Sutton Visitors Center

· Alpine Historical Park

· Jonesville Café & General Store

· Riverside Deli & Grocery

· Matanuska Madwater Rafting

· Mile 70

· Pinnacle Mt RV Park & Café

· Mile 77

· Chickaloon General Store

· Mile 99.5

· The Matanuska Lodge

· Mile 102

· Matanuska Glacier Park

· Mile 102.5

· Mica Guides — Trekking & Ice Climbing

· Mile 109.5

· Tundra Rose Guest Cottages

· Mile 109.7

· Grand View Café & RV Park

· Mile 113.5

· Sheep Mountain Lodge

· Mile 114.9

· Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge

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Mile Marker 60.1

clip_image026Jonesville Café & General Store:  Open Daily year round, grocery, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, espresso, beer on tap. Gifts, internet wireless, laundry, bathrooms w/ hot showers. ATM ,Ice, firewood, propane, easy access semi’s, trailers. 907 746-7461 or email : Rebecca_hobbs@msn.com for more information. Web site http://alaskaadventuresites.com/webpages/suttongeneralstore/

 

Mile Marker 60.1

Alpine Inn  Open 10AM to 1AM — Beer, Wine, Full Bar, pool tables, music, outdoor deck, group events, live music events, banquets. 907 745 – 9595

 

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clip_image010  Alpine Historical Park: 

Open 9AM to7PM Daily May 31—Sept. 15

Historical Buildings, Athabascan Winter Lodge Exhibit, Coal Mining Relics, Local Fossils, Gardens, Picnic Area, Tour Bus Access, Playground & Restrooms. Coal Miner’s Hall of Fame, 14 miles east of Palmer. One hour from Anchorage, groups events & weddings. 907 745-7000

Web Site www.alpinehistoricalpark.org

Email alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com 

 

Sutton — Visitors Center: Located at the Alpine Historical Park

Open daily, Information, internet, brochures, Geo-Caching, hiking trails, camping, fishing, 4—wheel, cross country skiing maps. Reservations for local activities and lodging. Call 907 745-1716

Email suttonvisitors@hotmail.com 

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Riverside Deli & Grocery: Open Daily 7AM to 9PM Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, fully stocked grocery store, video rentals, gifts, ATM, Ice, Propane, Take out menu, Great Deli Sandwiches. Daily Specials. Call Ahead 907 746 — 3354

 

Mile Marker 65.1

Madwater 

Madwater Rafting: Mile 65.1 Open Daily Open [June – August]   Whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking available on multiple trips daily.  Enjoy our scenic, splashy "Fun Run."  It’s a great day to be on the water with Matanuska Madwater! “Need a Good Paddling “ 1-888-MAD-RAFT

Web: www.matanuskamadwater.com.

 

Mile Marker 70

clip_image024Pinnacle Mt RV Park & Café: Mile 70 26616 N. Glenn Hwy. Open Year round Breakfast all day lunch & Dinner specials daily & full menu. RV Hook-Ups, Gifts Shop, Antiques, largest antique tractor collection in Alaska. Bathrooms with hot showers, laundry, Petting Zoo with over 100 Animals. Caravans and Trucks welcome.

Call for reservations: 907 746-6531 Email: pinnaclepeak@mtaonline.net

 

Mile Marker 77

Chickaloon General Store: Near MP 77 on the Glenn Highway. The Chickaloon Historical Room shows photos of the Coal Mining community. Breathtaking views of King & Castle Mountain. Locally owned and operated. Local Alaskan gifts made of fur, fleece, leather, bone, antler, skulls, river rocks & gems. Laundry, showers, propane, gas and everything for your camping, hiking and BBQ needs. Stop in for a snack and a chat! Call 907 746-1801

 

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Communities On The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway@

Sutton Visitors Center

Email  suttonvisitors@hotmail.com

Web Site  https://visitalaska.wordpress.com

907 745 –1716

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Mile Marker 99.5

The Matanuska Lodge

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The Matanuska Lodge: Mile 99.5 Four beautifully decorated rooms w/private baths, a 7 person deck located hot tub, a game room w/pool table & exercise equip.  Splendid views of on site private 40 acre lake with paddle boats and canoes, w/ The Matanuska Glacier at your doorstep.  Daily Breakfast & Hors d’oeuvres w/special Continental fare, Dinner by request. Big screen TV, Wireless Internet. Private bath robes, hairdryers, and lighted makeup mirrors. Radiant heat floors & ceiling fans, total blackout shades.  Wildlife that visits & a spotting scope for viewing Dahl sheep from a picnic area & fire pit. Near Mica Glacier Guides & Nova rafters. The Matanuska Lodge, a resort for all seasons, w/activities to enjoy any time of year. For The Discriminating Traveler.

34301 W. Glenn Hwy. 99674 Phone: 907 746-0378 

Web Site: www. Matanuska Lodge.com  

Email: nuska1@mac.com

 

Mile Marker 102

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The Matanuska Glacier

Matanuska Glacier: Mile 102 “Walk on a Glacier” Guided Tours, Hiking. The average person takes about fifteen minutes to walk ”back in time to the ice age”.  Everyone has seen Glaciers from boats, aircraft, highways and in books and films.  Our tours give you a outstanding hands on experience & also ties other information together in a deeper understanding. Call 888 253-448

Email blueice@mtaonline.net

 

Mile Marker 102.5

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Exposure Alaska & Mica Guides : Mile 102.5 " Discover glacier hiking, trekking and ice climbing on the blue ice of the Matanuska Glacier. Explore crevasses, pools, towering ice formations and hidden lakes. Just about anyone can enjoy glacier treks with our experienced guides.  No experience is necessary for any of our trips.  Whether you’re a first time visitor to a glacier or seeking an introduction to the vertical world of ice and mountaineering, we have an adventure for you! For Reservations : 907 351– 7587 800 956-6422

Email: info@micaguides.com

Web Site: www. micaguides.com

Mile Marker 109.5

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Tundra Rose Guest Cottages

MP 109.5 Three quality guest cottages in a relaxing nature setting with unobstructed Matanuska glacier views, kitchenettes, coffee makers, gas fireplaces, private baths, private decks/ patios and cable TV. Located at the base of sheep mountain, Dahl sheep can be viewed on the surrounding mountains. Dining and Laundry services nearby.

Web Site www.tundrarosecabins.com  Email info@tundrarosecabins.com

907 745 5865  If calling long distance from within Alaska, call 1-800-315 5865 for reservation.

 

Mile Marker 109.7

Grand view Cafe 

Grand View RV Park & Café

MP 109.7 Is your dining and RV camping destination while entering or exiting Alaska. Relax in our log café, which features hearty home style meals and brick oven baked pizza. Full service pull-through RV sites have 30/50 amp electric with delicious spring water. The only RV park with commercial cable TV and WI-FI at every site! Spectacular panoramic mountain views, Dahl sheep and other wildlife viewing. 15 Minutes to the Matanuska glacier by car.

Web Site www.grandviewrv.com  Email info@grandviewrv.com

907 746 4480 summer phone

 

Mile Marker 113.5 sheep mt 

Sheep Mountain Lodge: Mile 113.5 11 Comfortable cabins w/private bath. Full service restaurant, hot tub & sauna. "Premium guest cabins with kitchens." Breathtaking views of the Matanuska River Valley. Diverse recreational trails for hiking & cross country skiing. Wildlife Viewing, easy access for RV’s & Buses.

Web Site www.sheepmountain.com    Email info@sheepmountain.com

Toll Free 877 645-5121

 

Mile Marker 114.9

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Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge: Mile 114.9

A Serene Wilderness amidst Alaska’s Chugach & Talkeenta Mountains. Comfortable Rooms and Cabins. Summer & Winter Activities. Convenient location to Denali & Wrangell St. Elias National Parks. Wildlife Viewing. Perfect for weddings, retreats & special events.

Web Site www.majesticvalleylodge.com  Email info@majesticvalleylodge.com

907 746-2930 Fax 907 746-2931

 

Communities On The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway@

Sutton Visitors Center

Email  suttonvisitors@hotmail.com

Web Site  https://visitalaska.wordpress.com

907 745 –1716

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Alpine Historical Society – April 2009

Newsletter

Coal Miners Ball ~ Saturday ~ April 25, 2009
Join us at the Alpine Inn, Mile 61 Glenn Highway

 

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Doors Open at 4 PM
5 PM Potluck
6 PM Old Timers Induction

7:00 PM ARCTIC THUNDER
9:00 PM FINLAY’S BLK N’ TAN

Local Entertainment:
Borialis Dancers
American Tribal
Fusion Belly Dancers

INCLUDES: meal, induction, entertainment,door prize drawings and socializing
SPONSORED BY: Alpine Historical Society and Sutton Activities Coordination Board

 

This is our largest fund raiser of the year the funds help us with development of exhibits and park expenses.

There will be live entertainment, historical exhibits, Induction of the past miners into the “Coal Miners Hall of Fame”, potluck, raffles and dancing.  Many door prizes will be given away this year.

Please join us for an evening of fun and good music!

This year’s Inductees:
Jack Hemmer
Larry Vasanoja
Jim Edgerton

A Special Thanks to Usibelli Coal Mine For your continued support!

EVENT DONORS: Usibelli Coal Mine


A Family Owned and Operated Mine

Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. is a family owned business. Joe Usibelli Jr. is President of the corporation and his father, Joe Usibelli is Chairman of the Board of Directors. UCM is headquartered in Healy, Alaska, and has permitted reserves in excess of 30 years at current production rates. Additional surface mineable coal resource is under lease and available for expansion as needed. UCM will produce 1.5 million tons of sub bituminous coal this year and could easily double production if the market demanded. Coal is transported to six Interior Alaska electrical power plants – including three military sites: Fort Wainwright (U.S. Army), Eielson Air Force Base and Clear Air Force Station; Golden Valley Electric Association – Fairbanks’ electric cooperative; Aurora Energy – a wholesale supplier of electricity and provider of district heat in Fairbanks; and the University of Alaska Fairbanks power plant. Additionally, UCM has exported coal to South Korea through the Seward Coal Terminal at the Port of Seward since 1984. The current contract is for 500,000 metric tons each year during a three-year period. During 1998, a 20,000-ton shipment of UCM coal was delivered to Magadan in the Russian Far East, a potential market. Over the years, UCM has also provided test shipments to Taiwan, Japan, and Chile.

http://www.usibelli.com/Company.asp

 

Special Thanks to our supporters:  Bullwinkle’s,  Off Your Rocker, Wal-Mart, Hamburger Palace, Blueberry Espresso, Country Cuts, Legends Country Radio,  Shane And Lamb – Donated 6 prints ,  Fireside Books – Donated  books
Palmer Art Council, The Valley Hotel,  Pizza Delphi,  Athena Pizza
Vagabond Blues,  Valley Winery,  Bishop’s Attic,  Palmer Bar, Just Sew,  Palmer Radio and TV, Non Essentials,  In and Out Deli Palmer,  Palmer Senior Center ,  Sutton Deli,  Alaska Cheesecake, Bowling Alley, Windbreak,  Evangelo’s,  Chili’s,   Wasilla Sr. Center, Target, Lowes,  AT&T Sport’s Center,  Fred Meyers, 3 Bears,  The Noisy Goose,  Palmer Motorcycle Shop,  Granite Mt Treasure Shop Sutton, Arctic Thunder,  Bruce Finlay,  The Alpine Inn,   Hilltop Tesoro, Midas in Palmer donated 2 oil change/safety checks @$100.00 value
Studio 9 in Wasilla donated 2 hair cuts, $100 coupon from Dangerous Curves
$160 gift certificate for a spinal exam, Carr’s  – Palmer

 

 

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10 Lbs of King Crab Legs

 

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Restoration Update
We are presently working with the Bed Tax grant from 2008 to renovate the foundation of the building and correcting the sloping soils in the front lawn so moistures will drain away from the building. We continue to look for grants and donations to fund the complete re-wiring of the electrical system and plumbing throughout the structure.  Once the renovations are completed it is our desire to use the building as a visitors center for the Glenn Highway, historical park business office and as a revenue source for the historical society. This structure has been identified in the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway Interpretive plan for phase three renovations and kiosk installations. We ask for your support and donations as we move forward with this important project.

 

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It is time to begin renovations in the park as described in the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway Interpretive plan: Described as improvements to the existing park entrance signs, add signage for the rest areas and public restroom, assist in the O’Neill House renovations by improving accessibility , add or improve parking area to the southeast of the park, add a rack for brochures, create a kiosk with a historical park map and interpretive panels about the Park and Glenn Highway attractions in our area. These improvements will enhance traveler’s experiences as they tour the Glenn Highway and Matanuska
Valley.

 

State of AK Grant‐in‐Aid
In 2007 AHS was awarded a mini grant for a fossil exhibit cabinet to
display donated fossils and to create an outdoor exhibit from a
petrified tree that was donated by Dr. Linda Sloan and her late husband.
You will want to add this to your itinerary as you tour the Valley with your friends and family this summer.

 

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Advance Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Sutton

Alpine Inn

Sutton Deli

Palmer

Fireside Book Store

Non Essentials

Wasilla

Rev- M – Up Cafe

Alaska Cheese Cake

call 352 – 2948 for more information

 

Tickets: $12.50 Advance  $15.00 at the door   Seniors – $10.00

Children under 5 free

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Hot Rodders Car Show

4th July Picnic

Welcome to the Sutton General Store & Jonesville Cafe

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Located in downtown Sutton on the Glenn Highway

A great place to stop for meals or supplies on the Glenn Highway. The Jonesville Cafe is the home of the valley’s best burgers made with quality lean beef. We feature real home cooking and is ar famous for our homemade pies.

In the mood for some eggs in the afternoon? Breakfast is served all day!

On Saturday nights we server fresh baked pizza.

Stop by the General Store for supplies:

  • Groceries
  • Ice cream
  • Souvenirs
  • Showers
  • General supplies
  • RV & semi parking

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The views are incomparable in the Matanuska Valley

Sutton Alaska: A Bit of Local History

Sutton is a small Community that was founded in 1918 as a station on the Matanuska Branch Railroad, as well as a wash plant site for the US Navy’s Chickaloon Coal Mine. Sutton’s growth was then spawned by development of several nearby coalmines in the 1920’s, which produced coal to meet a significant portion of Alaska’s energy needs through the mid 1960’s.

Evan Jones Coal Mine, Located just north of Sutton, was the largest and the most productive of the Matanuska coal producers with an average employment exceeding 100 miners. For nearly half a century, the Evan Jones Coal Mine supplied coal to various customers that included the Alaska Railroad, Local Military and Utility power plants as well as domestic heating for customers with total sales exceeding six million tons.

The Alaska Railroad switched to diesel powered locomotives during the early 1950’s and local Military and Utility power plants converted to natural gas in the late 1960’s which eliminated local demand for coal causing the Evan Jones Coal Mine to close in 1968 with little hope of ever re-opening. Today, more then thirty years since the closure of the Evan Jones Coal mine, there is renewed interest and optimism that once again the high quality coal of the Matanuska Valley could pay a meaningful role in meeting Alaska’s growing energy needs.

Visit our site

http://alaskaadventuresites.com/webpages/suttongeneralstore/

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Where You Go –

Geocaching is a relatively new sport that has become popular with the advent of easy-to-use Global Positioning Satellite receivers (GPSr). Players create and hide containers (known as caches) with a logbook, and depending on the container, items for trade. Their coordinates are recorded with a GPS, and the cache is posted on a website, along with a description and other useful information. The seekers load these coordinates into their GPS, and head out to find the cache.

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You will start at The Alpine Historical Park in Sutton at Mile 61.5 on

The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway.

Stop by to pick-up maps and coordinates!

Open May – Sept.

Email for more information

alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com

View Map and get directions

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There are over 1000 geocaches in Alaska, in every part of the state. Many are located in relatively populated areas, in municipal parks or other easily accessible locations. Others are located along the highway system in Alaska, and guests could literally find dozens of geocaches every day as they travel through the state. A few are located in very challenging areas, and require considerable physical skill and specialized equipment, such as climbing gear or a boat to find.

Alaskan geocachers do a very good job of placing caches in particularly interesting locations, so that their fellow players can discover and enjoy some of Alaska’s more spectacular sights and experiences while searching for geocaches.

What You See

Alaska’s scenery is spectacular almost everywhere you go. A visitor might plan a trip to Alaska with the goal of geocaching every day, or perhaps plan a vacation in Alaska and travel around, and visit geocaches that he or she comes across along the way. For example, there are literally dozens of geocaches on the road between Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks. In either case, the geocaching guest can expect spectacular scenery and some very creative geocaches.

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A winter view of Mt. Eska taken near a geocache along the Glenn Highway near Sutton, Alaska.

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What You Bring

Of course, a geocacher will always have his or her GPS receiver with them. Fortunately, Alaska is very well connected to the Internet, so if a guest had a laptop computer, one could easily connect to the geocaching.com website to download coordinates of caches. Since geocaching is an outdoor sport, all of the usual gear that you would need for a walk in the woods is appropriate, such as insect repellent, rain gear, appropriate footwear, etc. Also, since Alaska has a large number of large wild animals that wander the woods, a knowledge of safe outdoor travel and what to do when confronted with a large animal is also very useful.

We are very familiar with the sport (this is one of our personal hobbies), and we would he happy to assist you with planning an Alaskan vacation that would include geocaching, either as a casual diversion while here, or as a geocaching safari.

You Never Know What you will Find!