Palmer Convention & Visitors Center

On May 15th a Holland America Cruise Line representative will visit Palmer and The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway on a FAM trip provided by the Palmer Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Hosted by Geri McCann, and her vision to see Palmer and the surrounding areas of The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway grow and  prosper with economic development in Tourism.  If we are selected as an area that the Holland America and Princess Cruise lines can market to their clients world wide, we are all in for a huge economic boost.

Not only will we provide visitors from all over the world a chance to experience an Alaska that up to now has never been experienced by tourists, we will grow as an international destination bringing with it, jobs, employment and a stability to a failing economy that has plagued many who live in rural area such as ours.

My hat is off to Geri McCann to her insight, vision, hard work against all odds to preserve and  keep the light burning for all of us.

Join us, in her vision……The Palmer Convention and Visitors Bureau.  To become a part of this wonderful opportunity we need your support.

Below is a letter of support you can sign and send to us, we welcome your ideas and look forward to a new beginning.

To The City of Palmer and Communities on The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway

We do not market ourselves self as a tourism destination as well as other communities do; as a result thousands of tourists come through our area in route to other destinations primarily for a nice rest stop instead of staying and spending.

We support the Palmer Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (PCVB) mission to change that image, and re-introduce Palmer and Communities on The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway as an exciting and enriching cultural/adventure tourism destination.

The PCVB is working hard to produce essential marketing tools such as; the Palmer Visitors Guide with regional attractions map, tourism website – (www.visitpalmer.org), and marketing the “Palmer Package” through FAMS, and booths at tourism related trade shows.

We are partnering with these efforts by joining the PCVB and encourage the City to collaborate with the PCVB by joining, purchasing advertisements, and providing additional funds and resources to assist in the production and distribution of the Palmer Visitor Guide and essential marketing tools crucial to launching Palmer as a premier tourism destination. The greater Palmer region is coming together to market itself as one dynamic package and Alaska’s prime tourism destination.

Please support the community and the PCVB efforts to promote tourism in Palmer and to communities along The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway. Help us get connected and intercept the tourism industry slipping through our fingers and town.

For more information about Palmer and The Communities on The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway

Contact:  info@visitpalmer.org or visit our web site www.visitpalmer.org

ITS OUR TIME TO SHINE!!

Show your support and sign below and email us!!

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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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ALPINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Alpine Historical Society (AHS) is a non-profit organization established to encourage the preservation and utilization of the Sutton and Chickaloon historic resources as a cultural, economic and educational asset for the community.

As a nonprofit, the Alpine Historical Park relies on membership, in-kind donations, charitable contributions and volunteers to sustain the expenses of keeping our beautiful historical park open to the community and visitors from afar to enjoy.

The Alpine Historical Society oversees the operation of the Alpine Historical Park in Sutton, AK which is host to the “Old Timer’s Hall of Fame”.  Additionally the AHS hosts the annual Coal Miner’s Ball, the Old Timer’s community picnic, the Valley Trash Show and Shine Car Show, as well as participating in community events.

This year promises to be one of our best years.  Through the cooperation and grants from the State of Alaska,  Sutton will be getting a New Public Library.

As Board Members of the Alpine Historical Society we thank you for your support of the new Sutton Library Project.  The Alpine Historical Park located adjacent to the new library site will be sharing our facility’s infrastructure.  The Historic O’Neil House, situated on The Alpine Historical Park property has been identified as the selected site, by the Glenn Highway Byways Committee as the Glenn Highway Visitors Center.

We currently have grant money in place to continue with restoration of the O’Neill House this summer and another grant with MAT-SU HEALTHY IMPACT GRANT PROGRAM, Titled  – “A Trail to Better Health Begins in Sutton” to install lights, expand our trail system and install exercise equipment near the existing playground equipment per a recent request from the community.   We are working with the Sutton Community Council and the new Sutton library site to coordinate a safe place for our community to play and exercise for young and old. We are within walking distance of the Sutton Manor Senior Center, and Sutton Elementary.

The Sutton Public Library/Community Center is currently on the Mat-Su Borough’s Capital Improvement List which has been submitted to the Alaska State Legislature.  We are hopeful that the bill was passed, SB119 sponsored by Senator Bert Stedman and will receive funding this year.  Additionally, the Borough has included the Sutton Library on their priority list of Federal Economic Stimulus Projects, submitted to our US Congressional delegation.

Our vision is to unite with all communities along the Glenn Highway in a co-op combining all of our efforts so we all will prosper.  The purpose is to include a visible and accessible environment to our community and tourism as a focal point year round.

HISTORY

Visitors to The Alpine Historical Park will find many historical buildings with informative displays of Coal Mining, Glenn Highway Construction and Athabascan Culture.  The Park is home to the Coal Miners Hall of Fame and pictures of inductees are displayed.  Perennial flowerbeds, picnic tables and playground equipment welcome visitors to the park.

In the coal boom era of the Matanuska Valley, Alaska Central Railroad laid tracks from Seward through Sutton. The coal from the Sutton area was used to power the steam engines. The Wishbone Coal Mining Company built the “Washery” to clean the coal mined in Eska and Chickaloon mines until 1922.  The foundation of the coal washery and several pieces of historic mining equipment rest in the park.

Road builders, including many locals who still live in the area, built the Glenn Highway portion of the Alaskan-Canadian Highway in a period of months.  The park features an indoor exhibit of photographs and history of the building of this highway.

The Athabascan people of Chickaloon have maintained their traditional culture and are working with the Historical Society to interpret their history.

The Park is located in the heart of the Matanuska Valley on the Glenn Highway at Mile 61.6 in Sutton, Alaska.  The Park sits on 6.6 acres bordering the powerful Matanuska River.  It is just 14 miles from Palmer and a beautiful one-hour drive from Anchorage.

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Alpine Historical Park
Alpine Historical Society
P.O. Box 266
Sutton, AK 99674
907 745 – 7000
www.alpinehistoricalpark.org

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Location of Redoubt volcano and other Cook Inlet volcanoes with respect to nearby cities and towns. Click to view full-size image

Alaska Volcano Observatory

 

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Redoubt – Hut

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Redoubt – CI

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Redoubt Volcano Latest Observations

2009-02-07 08:17:35

Redoubt Volcano continues to be in a state of unrest. Seismic activity remains elevated and consists of relatively continuous tremor that fluctuates in amplitude over time.
The web camera is now dark for the night. Field crews will be attempting to measure gas emissions at the volcano today.
The volcano has not erupted and AVO continues to watch the volcano 24/7.

2009-02-07 06:21:05

Redoubt Volcano continues to be in a state of unrest. Seismic activity remains elevated and consists of relatively continuous tremor that fluctuates in amplitude over time.
The web camera is now dark for the night.
The volcano has not erupted and AVO continues to watch the volcano 24/7.

2009-02-07 04:39:00

Seismic unrest continues at Redoubt. As noted in the last few updates the activity at the volcano is currently dominated by volcanic tremor that waxes and wanes over time.
The web camera is now dark for the night.
The volcano has not erupted and AVO continues to watch the volcano 24/7.

2009-02-07 00:51:40

Redoubt Volcano continues to be in a state of unrest.
Seismic activity remains elevated and consists of relatively continuous tremor that fluctuates.
The web camera is now dark for the night.
The volcano has not erupted and AVO continues to watch the volcano 24/7.

2009-02-06 22:49:11

Redoubt Volcano continues to be in a state of unrest.
Seismic activity remains elevated and consists of relatively continuous tremor that fluctuates gradually. Tremor amplitude has decreased in the last two hours
The web camera is now dark for the night.
The volcano has not erupted and AVO continues to watch the volcano 24/7.

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Things to do
This is one of the best places in Alaska to experience a glacier up close.

  • Hiking: You are welcome to hike the glacier trails on your own. Trails are located within the park area offering a variety of skill and fitness levels. Guided glacier hiking is also available.
  • Camping: Spend a few days exploring the park. Camping areas available near and within park.
  • Ice Climbing: Guided ice climbing is available as well as basic ice climbing instructions. Matanuska glacier is an excellent glacier to learn the basics of ice climbing. We do recommend you be in fairly good shape for this adventure.

  • Fields of fireweed bloom along the glaciers edge

    Photograph: The drive to Matanuska Glacier is an adventure in itself. The Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway follows a path carved by ancient glaciers. Following the braided Matanuska River for over half its length, this Byway winds through 135 miles of the most impressive terrain on earth. Winters present you with a splendid sky show when the Northern Lights dance among the snow-capped mountains, while summers bring you endless days to roam in fields of wildflowers and ancient forests.

What to bring:
Lot’s of film or memory cards for the digital shutter bugs. Hiking boots, a day pack, sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, jacket and rain gear. Hat (for wind). Even in the long summer months the weather is unpredictable and changes quickly. Be prepared for any kind of weather.

http://www.matanuskaglacier.com

The Mat-Su Where Alaska Comes to Play