Introduction to Wasilla, Alaska
Wasilla, Alaska is 28 miles N of Anchorage, Alaska. The city is in the Matanuska Susitna County. Approximately 5,469 people live in Wasilla.
The Matanuska-Susitna valley was first settled by the Dena'ina Alaska natives. Russians settled in Alaska from the year 1741 until 1867, when Alaska was sold to the United States. In 1880, the town of Knik settled close to the source of the Matanuska river. When the U.S. government was laying out the Alaska Road, Knik residents purchased plattes and the town dwindled. Thus, Wasilla Station emerged and was named after Wasilla Creek. Wasilla was actually the name of a Dena'ina chief. The city of Wasilla was incorporated in the year 1974.
Wasilla and nearby Attractions
- Dorothy G Page Museum
- Lucile Lake
- Alaska Museum of Transportation and Industry
- Mud Lake
- Knik Museum
Things To Do In Wasilla
Wasilla has many tourist attractions including the Dorothy G Page Museum, Wasilla-Knik-Willow Creek Historical Society, and Alaska Museum of Transportation and Industry. Book lovers will enjoy the Wasilla Public Library. A visit to the amusement park called Forward Amusement Co. is always a thrilling experience. The city also organizes the annual Oktoberfest.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the airport closest to Wasilla.
Wasilla Higher Education
Higher education is available to residents of Wasilla at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Peninsula College, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Whatcom Community College.