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61 ° 35' 58.999" N,
149 ° 6' 46.001" W




243 ft (74.07 m)

Palmer in Detail.

Getting There

It takes roughly 45 minutes to drive there from Anchorage.


Palmer is in Matanuska Valley, 37 mi. NE of Anchorage. As of 2021 the population was 6,094.


Agricultural supply town, established as a railroad station on the Matanuska Branch of The Alaska RR. about 1916. The Palmer post office was established in 1917; discontinued in 1925. The Warton post office operated here from 1931 to 1935 and was then changed back to Palmer in 1935 (Ricks, 1965, p. 49, 50, 70). The town became the center of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation administered by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, the supply center of a colony of about 180 farm families from midwest United States in the 1930's. Its population was 150 in 1939 and 890 in 1950. It is thought to have been named for George Palmer, trader in the Knik Arm area in the late 1800's.

Palmer Gallery

Pictures of, from, or near Palmer.

Places Near Palmer

Microdot Ridge,


Ch-atan Kaq-, Skitnu Hdakaq-,




Eklutna Dam, Eklutna Dam, Lower Eklutna Dam, Sherwood Estates Dam,


Eklutna Flats,


Burnt Butte,


Baird Lake, Lake Barbara, Barbel Lake, Bradley Lake, Burkholder Lake, Butte Lake, Canoe Lake, Clear Lake, Cornelius Lake, Cottonwood Lake, Coyote Lake, Dandy Lake, Dry Lake, Echo Lake, Eklutna Lake, Elks Lake, Ezi Slough, Falks Lake, Finger Lake, Gold Cord Lake, Gooding Lake, Gull Lake, Hart Lake, High Ridge Lake, Irene Lake, Jim Lake, Johnson Lake, Kennedy Lake, Kepler Lake, Klaire Lake, Kleinsmith Lake, Loberg Lake, Long Lake, Matanuska Lake, McLeod Lake, Meier Lake, Neklason Lake, Pinnacle Lake, Reed Lake, Reflections Lake, Seventeenmile Lake, Slipper Lake, Summit Lake, Swan Lake, Triangle Lake, Walby Lake, Wishbone Lake, Wolf Lake, Wolverine Lake,


7 Sacred Chutes, April Bowl, Baby Ruth, Bennet's Ridge, Black Prospect, Eldorodo Bowl, Face of Hatch, Fairangel Cirque Gully, Farside, Gold Chord Death Traverse, Lake Run, Nixon's Nose, Nosebleed, Point 30, Rock Garden, Seldom Seen, Stairstep, Sunnyside, Sunnyside of Hatch, Swimmin' Tims, The Glades, The Lost Couloir, Valley of Sin, Wimp Bowl, Womens Run,


Bodenburg Butte, East Twin Peak, Eska Mountain, Government Peak, Idaho Peak, Lazy Mountain, Marmot Mountain, Pioneer Peak, Mount POW/MIA, Skyscraper Mountain, West Twin Peak, Wishbone Hill,


Independence Mine State Historical Park, Coyote Lake Park, Finger Lake State Recreation Site, Moose Creek State Recreation Area, Wolf Lake State Recreation Site,

Mountain Passes:

Birthday Pass, Dogsled Pass, Friendship Pass, Hatcher Pass, Point 40, Rabbit Slough, Spring Creek,


Arkose Peak, Bleak Peak, Blueberry Knoll, Bright Peak, Delia Benchmark, Fairangel Peak, Fish Peak, Goat Rock, Gold Chord, Gold Star Peak, Granite Mountain, Hatch Peak, Microdot, Pass Peak, Pepper Peak, The Pinnacle, Rae-Wallace, Salt Peak, Shaker Peak, South Pioneer Peak, Top Peak, Yudikench Peak,


Arkose Ridge, Bald Mountain Ridge, Murphy Ridge, President's Ridge,


Matanuska River,


Mile 16 Ski Run, Paradise Ski Run,


Archangel Creek, Bodenburg Creek, Buffalo Creek, Carnegie Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Delia Creek, East Fork Fishhook Creek, Eska Creek, Ezi Slough, Fishhook Creek, Gloryhole Creek, Goat Creek, Hatcher Creek, Iron Creek, Jim Creek, Knob Creek, McRoberts Creek, Moose Creek, Palmer Creek, Premier Creek, Reed Creek, Sidney Creek, Spring Creek, Thachkatnu Creek, Wolverine Creek,


April Bowl Trail, Arch Prospect Trail, Assay Spur Trail, Blueberry Knoll Trail, Eklutna ATV Access Trail, Eklutna Lake Spillway Trail, Eklutna Spillway Trail, Gold Cord Lake Trail, Gold Mint Trail, Hard Rock 2 Trail, Hard Rock Trail, Hatcher Pass Snowmobile Trail, Hatcher Pass Snowmobile Trail 1, Hatcher Pass Snowmobile Trail 2, Hatcher Pass Winter Maintenance Trail, Independence Mine Trail, Marmot Mountain Trail, Martin Mill Trail, Mill Loop Trail, Rae-Wallace Mine Trail, Reed Lakes Trail, Snow Trail to Lodge, Twin Peaks Trail, Yuditna Cabin Access Trail, Yuditna Cabin Trail,


Cable Valley, Lone Tree Gulch, Matanuska Valley, Tsadaka Canyon,


Butte, Eska, Gateway, Jonesville, Lazy Mountain, Matanuska,