Knik Site

Knik Site

The surviving cabin at Knik
Nearest city Wasilla, Alaska
Coordinates 61°27′29″N 149°43′41″W / 61.45806°N 149.72806°W / 61.45806; -149.72806Coordinates: 61°27′29″N 149°43′41″W / 61.45806°N 149.72806°W / 61.45806; -149.72806
Area 9 acres (3.6 ha)
NRHP Reference # 73000379[1]
Added to NRHP July 24, 1973

The Knik Site is the location in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska that was once home to the largest settlement on Cook Inlet. The only surviving remnants of the community are a former log roadhouse, now a museum operated by the Wasilla-Knik Historical Society, and a log cabin. The Knik area had long been a meeting point of Native Alaskans, and in 1898 it became the principal community on Cook Inlet from which goods were shipped into the interior. In 1916 the Alaska Railroad reached the site of present-day Anchorage, bypassing Knik and leading to Anchorage's growth. When the railroad reached Wasilla, Knik lost all importance as a transshipment point, and its buildings were either abandoned or moved to one of the other communities. Knik is located about 15 miles (24 km) south of Wasilla.[2]

The two surviving buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

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  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "NRHP nomination for Knik Site" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-12-22.

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