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23rd Annual
The Coal Miner’s Ball
Saturday April 25th, 2009

The Alpine Historical Society in conjunction with The Sutton Activity Coordination Board sponsor this event. The Coal Miner’s Ball, will be held at the Alpine Inn at mile 61 of the Glenn Highway, in Sutton, Saturday, April 25th.

The Coal Miners Ball is The Alpine Historical Society’s largest fund raising event of the year.  It is designed to honor those that came before us with a Old Timers Induction to Hall of Fame, entertainment, a potlatch, dinner, dancing and door prizes.

The Alpine Historical Society has been managing the Alpine Historical Park since 1984, when land exchanged between Phil O’Neill and the Mat-Su Borough.  The Park is uniquely situated directly on the Glenn Highway at mile post 61.6 and Chickaloon Way in Sutton Alaska.  The local Glenn Highway National Scenic Byways Committee has selected The Historic O’Neill House to represent this area as the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway Visitors Center.  This important Historic Park is 23 minutes from Palmer and a beautiful one hour drive from Anchorage.

The tax deductible contribution is $12.50 advance, $15.00 at the door, per person, children 5 and under free.  Tickets include Dinner, induction, entertainment and door prizes.  Doors open at 4PM. This year’s entertainment will be Arctic Thunder and The Bruce Finely Band, music  starts at 7:30 PM.  Proceeds from this event will provide local activities for young people and families in the Sutton – Chickaloon area. As well as to maintain programs and facilities at the Alpine Historical Park.

Senior Citizens Discount Tickets are available.  Advance Tickets will be on sale at local businesses throughout Wasilla, Palmer, Sutton and Anchorage. Look for our poster displayed.

Call 745-4059 or email alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com for more information.

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Arctic Thunder will be playing at

The Coal Miner’s Ball 

April 25th, 2009

The Alpine Inn

Sutton, AK

 

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Arctic Thunder was born in 1999, when James Spradlin  and Missy Baltes met and decided to create a band. By mixing James’ rock, heavy metal, and blues background with Missy’s folk, country, and classical styles, they created a unique sound. They debuted Arctic Thunder in June of 2000 at Lynx Pizza in Denali National Park, and have been storming Alaska ever since!
 

Arctic Thunder has played many venues from Seward to Healy and Lake Louise, including, Wolverine Lodge at Lake Louise, The Longhorn Saloon in Cantwell, The Totem in Healy, The Alpine Inn in Sutton, The Caboose Lounge in Palmer, The Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival, and The Alaska State Fair.
 
We play all kinds of music

for every occasion —

Birthdays,

Weddings,

Anniversaries,

— all your special events!
 

From Patsy Cline

and Hank Williams

to Shania Twain

and Garth Brooks,

Chuck Berry to AC/DC to

Nirvana, plus our

Alaskan originals,

we’re sure to have

something you like!
 

Visit our music page

to hear some of

our music, and see

a more complete

list of songs.

View Arctic Thunder Web Site

 

James Spradlin

Vocalist/Guitarist/Songwriter/Harmonica/

Percussionist/Lap Steel/Mandolin

James grew up in Alaska, and has been playing with rock bands since the early 1980’s. From soulful blues to searing rock leads,James can play any style of music! He has also been an instrument repairman specializing in electric and acousitc guitars for more than 20 years. In fact, he met his wife when she brought her guitar into the store where he was working!
 

Missy Spradlin

Vocalist/Guitarist/Songwriter/Flutist/

Percussionist

Missy grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin, and she began singing as soon as she could talk! She started playing the flute when she was ten years old, and she picked up the guitar later on. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, in May of 1991, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Missy “ran away" to Alaska, to spend the summer in Denali National Park. She ended up staying in Alaska permanently, where she met her husband, James Spradlin. Missy has played at various places in the Anchorage area including,Border’s Books & Music,The Snow City Cafe and The Fairview Inn in Talkeetna. She has also played at the Fairbanks Summer Music Festival, and at the McKinley Music Festival in Cantwell.

Arctic Thunder

 

See Coal Miner’s Ball in Table of Contents

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/

23rd Annual

The Coal Miner’s Ball

Saturday April 25th, 2009


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The Alpine Historical Society in conjunction with The Sutton Activity Coordination Board sponsor this event. The Coal Miner’s Ball, will be held at the Alpine Inn at mile 61 of the Glenn Highway, in Sutton, Saturday, April 25th.

The Coal Miners Ball is The Alpine Historical Society’s largest fund raising event of the year.  It is designed to honor those that came before us with a Old Timers Induction to Hall of Fame, entertainment, a potlatch, dinner, dancing and door prizes.

The Alpine Historical Society has been managing the Alpine Historical Park since 1984, when land exchanged between Phil O’Neill and the Mat-Su Borough.  The Park is uniquely situated directly on the Glenn Highway at mile post 61.6 and Chickaloon Way in Sutton Alaska.  The local Glenn Highway National Scenic Byways Committee has selected The Historic O’Neill House to represent this area as the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway Visitors Center.  This important Historic Park is 23 minutes from Palmer and a beautiful one hour drive from Anchorage.

The tax deductible contribution is $12.50 advance, $15.00 at the door, per person, children 5 and under free.  Tickets include Dinner, induction, entertainment and door prizes.  Doors open at 4PM. This year’s main event entertainment The Bruce Finlay’s Black N’ Tan Band starts at 9PM.  Proceeds from this event will provide local activities for young people and families in the Sutton – Chickaloon area. As well as to maintain programs and facilities at the Alpine Historical Park.

Senior Citizens Discount Tickets are available.  Advance Tickets will be on sale at local businesses throughout Wasilla, Palmer, Sutton and Anchorage.

Look for our poster displayed.

Call 907 745-4059 or email for more info email

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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