Title

Palmer Street 32

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

Koslosky’s store on South Alaska Street in Palmer in fall 1958 after the street was paved.

Description

Image is the east side of Koslosky’s Department Store facing South Alaska Street in Palmer as it appeared in fall of 1958. Automobiles are parked along newly installed curbs and sidewalks on the recently paves street. Signs are prominent.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

"Brill Car"

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

Railroad Car

Description

Image shows the McKeen Motorized Rail Car, locally called the "Brill car" or "Brill Train", on the Palmer siding. This car ran daily between Palmer and Anchorage for several years, hauling passengers and freight.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

"Brill Car" 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Motorized Rail Car

Description

Image shows the McKeen Motorized Rail Car, locally called the "Brill Car" or "Brill Train", on the Palmer siding. Ron Pasco, station freight agent, stands in front and another man stands in the car's doorway. This car ran daily between Palmer and Anchorage for several years, hauling passengers and freight.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

"Storkmobile"

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

Palmer Hospital Nurse's July 4th parade float

Description

Image shows the Palmer Hospital's "Nurses Car" and community ambulance decorated for the Palmer 1937 4th-of-July parade. On the front is a white stork figure holding a baby basket in its beak. The car's back panel is covered with a white sheet with lettering proclaiming "When Bigger & Better Babies are had, Your Hospital Will Have Them!! See Dr. Albrecht!!!?" The vehicle has ARRC 31 printed in white on the side of the door. The rear of the hospital is behind the vehicle with garbage cans in evidence. A woman (probably a nurse) walks behind the vehicle.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

4-H Club Float 1

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop, Anchorage

Subject

4-H People

Description

Image shows a side view of a pickup truck with several children standing in the back facing the camera. One girl holds a large paper star. A sign on the side of the truck shows the 4-H clover leaf symbol and text: "4H CLUBS-IN-VALLEYS: 5, ENROLLMENT: 85". A spare tire is prominently mounted on the side of the truck. The driver, identified as Howard Estelle, and passenger, identified as Ruth DeArmond, are visible in the truck cab.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

4-H Club Float 2

Creator

Hewitts

Subject

Children riding in the back of a pick-up truck with a 4-H banner in the July 4th parade

Description

Image shows a group of children in the back of a pick-up truck. A banner on the side of the truck indicates it is a 4-H entry in the July 4th parade.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

ARRC Bus at Independence Mine

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Bus, Automobile

Description

Image shows an ARRC Bus parked with open door at the Independence Gold Mine, partial buildings are visible behind the bus. Mountains are in background.

Location

Independence Mine in Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Alaska Road Commission Trucks

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Automobiles

Description

Image shows a group of Alaska Road Commission dump trucks on what was then called the "Werner Cut-off" road (now the Palmer-Fishhook Road). Location is at Colonist Camp #5 per notes on a similar photo in the Nichols Collection.

Location

On Palmer-Fishhook Road North of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Boarding the ARRC Bus

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Bus

Description

Image shows men approaching an ARRC bus. The bus door is open, driver and other riders are visible inside. A tent is partially visible beyond. Since private vehicles were scarce in early days of the colony, the Corporation busses offered a way for people to travel between camps and home sites as they, and the roads, developed.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Bridge 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

The road leading from Anchorage and the Butte approaches the bridge crossing the Matanuska River near Palmer

Description

Image shows the highway leading from Anchorage and the Butte approaching the Matanuska River steel bridge sometime after it was constructed in 1934. A car is visible approaching the bridge on the gravel road. Trees and brush are prominent on both sides of the road. The river is partially visible through the latticework of the bridge.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Carnival 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

“Miss Matanuska”, Virginia Berg, on a parade float at the Fairbanks Winter Carnival

Description

Image is of a parade float at the 1937 Fairbanks Winter Carnival. Children are walking in the foreground, several women are riding on the float, several automobiles are evident, flags are flying and the Fairview Hotel is identified. Miss Virginia Berg of Palmer is riding on the float as the “Miss Matanuska” entry in the festival Queen contest, seated in the center front.

Location

Fairbanks, Alaska

Title

Changing a Flat Tire

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Changing a Flat Car Tire

Description

Image shows a man squatting beside the rear wheel of an old car while three young men look on. Two of the men lean on a wood beam as a lever to raise the car so the tire can be changed. A spare tire is attached to the back of the car. Part of a wooden building and two tents and another small building are visible behind the car with trees beyond. The man in the light sweater is identified as Louis Odsather.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Classy Car

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Nick Nichols Poses in a Classy Car

Description

Image is of Nick Nichols posing in a “Classy Car”. Contemporary photos in our collection support the assumption that this photo was made on a group outing to the Goose Bay area, and the car may have belonged to Grace Bagoy of Anchorage.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Co-op Creamery 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Valley Co-op Creamery Building with ARRC Car in front and Water Tower behind.

Description

Image is a summer view of the Matanuska Valley Farmer’s Co-op Creamery building in Palmer with exterior construction essentially complete but with foundation work still under way. The water tower is visible behind and an ARRC car is in front. A man is visible working on a retaining wall.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Co-op Creamery 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Valley Co-op Creamery Building

Description

Image is a summer view of the Matanuska Valley Farmer’s Co-op Creamery building in Palmer with three vehicles in front. The water tower is visible behind and the powerhouse is partially visible at left.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Co-op Garage

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Community Center Garage & Automobiles, Building

Description

Image shows the large garage building in middle ground with an automobile parked in front of one of the bay doors. In foreground are two automobiles on soft ground, on with a rear wheel missing. Powerhouse smokestack producing smoke is in middle ground as is the roof of the warehouse. Lazy Mountain is seen in the far background.

Location

Community Center, Palmer, Alaska

Title

Co-op Garage

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Co-op Garage

Description

Image shows a large single story building, identified as the Co-op garage, in middle ground with a gravel street and many water puddles in foreground, a variety of automobiles parked in front of the building, and the Palmer water tower above it. Fuel tanks are visible at the left behind the building. Gas pumps are apparent at the right of the building, the smokestack from the powerhouse is visible at right and Lazy Mountain is apparent at the far right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colonists Going Salmon Fishing

Creator

Unknown

Subject

People in a truck going to catch salmon for subsistence

Description

: Image shows a stake-bed truck with five people in back with barrels and tubs covered with white canvas on their way to gather salmon for the winter. People are unidentified. Forest forms the backdrop

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Colony Construction Headquarters

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony construction headquarters building

Description

Image shows the first log building constructed by the transient workers employed to build the new buildings associated with the Matanuska Colony. The building was thought to have been disassembled and reassembled as a training exercise for the workers, and then served as the headquarters for the rest of the construction activities. A bus is apparent in foreground with two passengers visible inside, two other men are nearby. A power pole is in foreground and the American flag flies on a tall pole over the building. Tents are partially visible. Heavy forest forms a backdrop behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Colony School Bus

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Automobiles, School Bus

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Neil Miller, standing in front of a bus, identified as ARRC bus #22 used to transport school children from Colony camp #7 to the Wasilla school. The bus is on a gravel road with trees behind.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Commissary Delivery Truck Driver

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Commissary Truck & Driver

Description

Image shows a man, identified as Bill Curtis, standing beside what is identified as the delivery truck for the Colony Commissary. An unidentified woman looks through the far window of the truck. Another woman is seen walking away to the right. The truck is parked in front of the Commissary building in Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Commissary Delivery Trucks

Creator

Nichols

Subject

ARRC Commissary Delivery Trucks

Description

Image shows two trucks used to deliver commissary goods to Matanuska Colonists throughout valley. Tents are visible behind the trucks.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Copper Center Lodge

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Copper Center Lodge

Description

Image shows the front of the Copper Center Lodge as it appeared about 1947 when the Children’s home was in the midst of moving their operation from Valdez to Lazy Mountain. The lodge would have been a logical stop for them on the highway between the two communities. A car is parked in front of the building. Fire destroyed the lodge in 2012.

Location

Copper Center, Alaska

Title

Eugene Carr's Car

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Automobile, People

Description

Image shows a four-door sedan with a male driver visible. The driver is identified as Eugene Carr, ARRC Supply Purchasing Agent, per identifying note on a similar photo in the Nichols Collection. Another person is slightly visible in the passenger seat. Tents are visible behind the car with forest beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Experiment Farm 21

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Digging Potatoes

Description

Image shows a partially harvested potato field with a man digging potatoes by hand using a long-handled fork. Two rows of dug potatoes and an old truck are evident in the foreground. A harvested hay field with several haystacks is in middle ground and a bluff and forest are in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Fair 1

Creator

Joe Fournelle

Subject

Matanuska Valley Fair midway in 1952

Description

Photo is a color image of the 1952 Matanuska Valley Fair midway showing people, gaming tents, parts of Quonset Huts and a car. Mountains are in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farm 5

Creator

Cliff Marcus USDA Soil Conservation Service

Subject

Farming

Description

Image shows a tractor pulling a grain binder in a grain field, cutting and bundling the grain, identified as barley. The foreground exhibits stubble where the grain had been cut, with numerous harvested bundles on the ground. One man is on the tractor, another on the binder at the edge of the uncut grain beyond. Roof tops of several buildings are visible beyond the grain field. Heavy forest is in background with clouds above. Location is identified as Art Thompson's farm on Scott Road just north of Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farming 2

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Man on a tractor mowing hay

Description

Image shows Colonist Neil Miller mowing hay with a Farmall tractor. A cleared hillside and fringe of trees form the background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farming 6

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Colonist Margaret Miller stands atop hay stacked on a truck, leaning on a pitchfork

Description

Image is of Colonist Margaret Miller standing atop hay stacked on the back of a pickup truck to be hauled from the field. She leans on her pitchfork waiting for more hay to be pitched up to her to arrange for a proper load.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Farming 7

Creator

Associated Press

Subject

Colony farmer spring planting grain with machinery

Description

Image shows a prepared field with a cat tractor pulling a grain drill and cultipacker in middle ground. One man drives the tractor while another rides the grain drill. A dust cloud rises from the machinery. Heavy forest is at the edge of the field in background. Information with the photo identifies this as Matanuska Colonist Gilford Lemon planting oats and peas for cattle feed on his farm on tract #128, June 6, 1936.

Location

Tract #128 Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Farming 9

Creator

Hewitts

Subject

Man on a cat tractor disking newly cleared and plowed ground

Description

Image is of a man on a cat tractor pulling a disk on newly broken and plowed ground. The hillside beyond has been plowed with heavy forest at the ridge top.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Fire Truck 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Old American-LaFrance fire truck, a member of the Palmer Fire Dept. fleet.

Description

Image is of a vintage American-LaFrance fire truck parked on the west side of the Palmer theater building. A child is visible on the seat at the steering wheel, his trusty cap pistol ready at hand on the seat beside him. “ALASKA RAILROAD FIRE DEPARTMENT” is stamped on the engine hood, and a U.S. Federal property decal, visible on the side of the foot rest, is a reminder that at the time this truck was part of the railroad fleet, that railroad was still owned and operated by the federal government. Various information indicates the model year of this truck as 1909 or 1916. Other photos in our collection show this truck at the Lazy Mountain Children’s Home. Further research is needed to identify the truck’s history, age and current status.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Gravel Excavation Equipment

Creator

Hewitt's Photo Shop, Anchorage, Alaska

Subject

Automobiles

Description

Image shows a power shovel excavating gravel from within a gravel pit. An empty dump truck is parked next to the shovel. A man stands next to the power shovel and another man can be seen in the cab operating the machine. Sand and gravel seams are visible in the pit bank behind the equipment and forest trees are beyond the pit. Hewitt's inscription is visible on the front of the image.

Location

Matanuska Valley near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hatcher Pass Outing

Creator

Neil Miller

Subject

Margaret Miller & son Tim on Hatcher Pass outing

Description

Image shows Margaret Miller and her five year old son, Tim, perched on the front of a General Motors pickup truck in foreground. Location is on the road over Hatcher Pass. In background buildings of Independence Mine and Gold Chord Mine are visible. Mountains form the far background.

Location

Hatcher Pass in Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hitching Rail on “Market Street”

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Horses stand at the hitching rail on “Market Street” (Now Dahlia Ave.) across from the Co-op garage in Palmer.

Description

Image is a summer view of horses standing at the hitching rail on the street in Palmer originally referred to a “Market Street”, later designated as Dahlia Ave. The image shows the hitching rail was constructed from posts with a cable run through and between them. The area served as parking for automobiles as well as horses across from the Co-op garage, post office and trading post. Town buildings are visible beyond and power poles and lines are prominent.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Hospital Tents 1

Creator

Nick Nichols

Subject

Tent City

Description

Image is a view down a dirt street showing tents and two frame structures on the right in foreground and tents at left in middle ground. Large tents in center are medical facilities. The colony ambulance and “nurses car” is visible in front of one of the hospital tents. The American flag is visible on a pole over the complex.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Knik Bridge Pile Driver 2

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

“Piledriver on Knik River Highway Bridge—Summer 1935”

Description

Image shows a summer view of men operating a pile driver placing timbers for construction of a highway bridge over the Knik River to connect the road between Palmer and Anchorage.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Knik Bridge pile driver 1

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

Driving piles for the bridge over Knik River

Description

Image shows a winter view of men operating a pile driver placing timbers for construction of a highway bridge over the Knik River to connect the road between Palmer and Anchorage

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Knik Bridge pile driver 1

Creator

Don Irwin

Subject

Driving piles for the bridge over Knik River

Description

Image shows a winter view of men operating a pile driver placing timbers for construction of a highway bridge over the Knik River to connect the road between Palmer and Anchorage

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Knik River Bridge

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Automobile and People at Kink River Bridge

Description

Image shows a four-door sedan parked on the gravel roadside with two men standing nearby. The new bridge over Knik River is prominent behind them. A portion of Bodenburg Butte is visible in the background.

Location

Knik River near Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Fire Truck 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Fire Truck

Description

Image is of a man, identified as Ken Hughes, and two young boys on an old fire truck, identified as Alaska Railroad Surplus 1909 Fire Truck vintage. Setting is in front of several Quonset Huts on the Lazy Mountain Children's Home campus. Birch and spruce forest forms the backdrop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Lazy Mt. Home Fire Truck 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Lazy Mt. Children’s Home Fire Truck

Description

Image is of an old fire truck, identified as Alaska Railroad surplus 1909 vintage, being prepared for service at the Lazy Mt. Children’s Home. A man stands on the front fender attending to the engine compartment.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Matanuska Railroad Station

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Train engine and station house at Matanuska, Alaska

Description

Image shows railroad tracks in foreground with a steam engine and the Matanuska depot in middle ground. Two automobiles are evident. A man is visible walking into the building and another man is evident in the cab of the engine. A water tower is visible in the background with trees beyond.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Title

Nurse 2

Creator

Elsie Havens Blue

Subject

Katherine Powers, Palmer Hospital Nurse

Description

Image shows Palmer hospital nurse Katherine Powers standing beside the "Nurses Car" and ambulance parked on the gravel Palmer to Anchorage Road. The location is likely just south of the Knik River Bridge based on other associated photos in the collection. The vehicle is identified as "ARRC 31."

Location

On the Palmer-Anchorage road near Knik River Bridge

Title

Nurse 3

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

Red Cross Nurse, Miss Pearl Williams, maker her rounds in a horse cart.

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse, on a gravel road. Two automobiles are on the road behind the cart. Trees and clearing slash are visible in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Nurse 4

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

Rec Cross Nurse, Miss Pearl Williams, making her rounds throughout the Matanuska Valley by horse cart.

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse. A log House, identified as the home of colonists Joe and Blanch Puhl, is in the background. A tent is also visible.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Nurse 5

Creator

Ruth DeArmond

Subject

Red Cross nurse Miss Pearl Williams making her rounds in the Matanuska Valley by horse cart

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as Miss Pearl Williams, Red Cross Nurse, in a cart pulled by a white horse. Cottonwood and spruce forest is the backdrop.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Nurse 6

Creator

Unknown-probably nurse Powers

Subject

Nurse Elsie Havens with the nurse’s car

Description

Image is of registered nurse Elsie Havens standing beside the nurse’s car along the road between Palmer and Anchorage. The car, identified as A.R.R.C. vehicle #31, was available for use by the hospital nurses and was also used as the ambulance as needed.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Palmer Depot 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Alaska Railroad depot at Palmer

Description

Image is a winter scene of the south end of the Palmer railroad depot. A train engine is at the left and the Co-op garage building is partially visible at right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 10

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Buildings & Cars on Palmer Main Street

Description

Image shows a spring view of Palmer’s gravel street in foreground with numerous buildings in middle ground. Several buildings exhibit business signs. Two cars are parked in foreground and several cars are parked in front of buildings. A telephone/telegraph pole is prominent in center foreground. Several men are evident near buildings. Snow-clad Talkeetna Mountains are in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 11

Creator

Press Photo

Subject

Buildings & Cars on Palmer Main Street

Description

Image shows a view of Palmer’s gravel street with water puddles in foreground and numerous buildings in middle ground. Several buildings exhibit business signs. Two cars are in foreground and other cars are visible parked in front of buildings beyond. A man is evident on the sidewalk. Newspaper crop marks are apparent on photo edges.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 12

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Buildings, Cars and people on Palmer Main Street

Description

Image shows a summer view of Palmer’s gravel street in foreground and numerous buildings in foreground and middle ground. Several buildings exhibit business signs. Valley City Café is prominent. A car is prominent in foreground and another car is parked in middle ground near a gas pump and barrels in front of Koslosky’s store. Two men are evident. Bunting and flags decorate the front of one building with a bunting ribbon stretched above the street.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 15

Creator

Unknown

Subject

People gathered on Palmer main street during what appears to be 4th of July celebration 1938

Description

Image shows people gathered on the main commercial street of Palmer in what appears to be a 4th of July celebration in 1938. Koslosky’s first store is advertised and other buildings are prominent. Bunting is displayed and automobiles are parked on the street.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 16

Creator

Joe Fournelle

Subject

Street scene of Palmer in 1956 showing Koslosky’s and the Hotel with several cars parked along the street and three members of the Fournelle family standing on the sidewalk.

Description

Photo is a color scene showing Koslosky’s Department store and the Valley Hotel with several cars parked at the curb. Signs are evident. Louise, Joe Jr. and John Fournelle stand on the sidewalk.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 17

Creator

Joe Fournelle

Subject

Color 1952 street scene of Palmer showing a car parked next to the Palmer Drugstore with Koslosky’s across the street. Cars and a pickup are evident in front of Koslosky’s.

Description

This photo is a color scene in downtown Palmer, showing a car parked next to the Palmer Drugstore in foreground, identified as the 1950 Ford belonging to the Fournelle family, with Koslosky’s Department Store apparent across the street. Cars are parked in front of Koslosky’s and a pickup is on the street. Signs are evident.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 19

Creator

Robinson

Subject

Matanuska Hotel in downtown Palmer as it appeared prior to paved streets and sidewalks

Description

Image is of the two-story Matanuska Hotel and café in downtown Palmer (later re-named the Valley Hotel) as it appeared sometime after it opened in 1948 and before the street in front was paved in 1958. Three vehicles are parked in front and two men are visible walking away at left.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 20

Creator

Anchorage Times

Subject

Bert’s Drugstore street view

Description

Image is an east side street view of the two storied Bert’s Drugstore building exhibiting signs and window advertisements for a variety of businesses therein, including Rexall Drugs, Drug Fountain, Post Office, Barbershop, Bus Depot, Jewelry, Liquor Store and Bar. Two automobiles are parked in front.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 26

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

Piggly Wiggly Super Market on South Alaska Street in Palmer in 1955

Description

Image is of the Piggly Wiggly Super Market facing onto South Alaska Street in Palmer as it appeared in 1955. Automobiles are parked in front and signs are evident.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 27

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

Piggly Wiggly Super Market on South Alaska Street in Palmer in fall 1958 after the street was paved.

Description

Image is of the Piggly Wiggly Super Market facing onto South Colony Way in Palmer as it appeared in fall of 1958. Automobiles are parked in front and signs are evident. The street is newly paved.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 28

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

Thrifty Variety Store on South Alaska Street in Palmer in fall 1958 after the street was paved.

Description

Image is of the Thrifty Variety Store facing onto South Colony Way in Palmer as it appeared in fall of 1958. Automobiles are parked in front and signs are evident. The street is newly paved.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 29

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

South view along South Alaska Street in Palmer in fall 1958 after the street was paved.

Description

Image is the south view along South Colony Way in Palmer as it appeared in fall of 1958, viewed from the intersection with W. Evergreen Ave. Automobiles are parallel parked on both sides of the street, signs are evident and tall TV antennas are visible. The street is newly paved.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 30

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

North view along South Alaska Street in Palmer in fall 1958 after the street was paved.

Description

Image is the north view along South Alaska Street in Palmer, viewed from the intersection with W. Evergreen Ave., as it appeared in fall of 1958. Automobiles are parked along newly installed curbs and sidewalks on the recently paves street. Signs are evident and snow-clad Talkeetna Mountains are apparent in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 31

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

South view along South Colony Way in Palmer in fall 1955.

Description

Image is the south view along South Colony Way in Palmer as it appeared in fall of 1955, viewed from near the intersection with W. Evergreen Ave. Automobiles are angle parked on both sides of the street, signs are evident and tall TV antennas are visible on the roofs.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 32

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

Koslosky’s store on South Alaska Street in Palmer in fall 1958 after the street was paved.

Description

Image is the east side of Koslosky’s Department Store facing South Alaska Street in Palmer as it appeared in fall of 1958. Automobiles are parked along newly installed curbs and sidewalks on the recently paves street. Signs are prominent

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 34

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

Matanuska Valley Bank windows on S. Colony Way in Palmer as they appeared in fall of 1958

Description

Image is a street-side view from S. Colony Way of the sidewalk and building window advertising the “Matanuska Valley Bank” and partial view of another window advertising “Savings”. Two cars are parallel parked in front at the curb of the newly paved street.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 35

Creator

Anchorage Times Newspaper

Subject

Pioneer Apartments and Kirk’s Sales & Service buildings at the intersection of Glenn Highway and S. Valley Way. A sign is prominent pointing toward Palmer shopping center

Description

Image is a view of Pioneer Apartments and Kirk’s Sales & Service at the intersection of Glenn Highway and S. Valley Way. A sign is prominent in foreground with an arrow pointing to “Palmer Shopping Center”. New pavement on S. Valley Way is evident as part of the city street paving project of 1958. Three vehicles are evident.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 37

Creator

Anchorage Times Publishing Co.

Subject

Creative parking on S. Colony Way.

Description

Image is a view of numerous automobiles parked in front of businesses along S. Valley Way. A man stands in foreground looking away. Many signs are visible. The railroad depot is evident and two trains are visible nearby.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Street 39

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Color view of businesses along S. Colony Way in Palmer

Description

This is a summer color postcard image of businesses along S. Colony Way in downtown Palmer. Some buildings on S. Alaska Street are also visible. Numerous automobiles are parked along the street and several business signs are evident. Talkeetna Mountains are visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Palmer Tent City 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Cars and tents of Palmer “Tent City”

Description

Image is of automobiles, tents and other buildings of “Tent City” in the earliest days of the Colony establishment at Palmer. A man is seen walking on the street. Power poles are evident.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 17

Creator

Associated Press Photo

Subject

Colonists Arriving At Palmer “Tent City”

Description

The image shows a group of people, identified as the second contingent of Matanuska Colonists from Michigan & Wisconsin, walking beside railroad cars toward white tents in the middle ground. Pickup trucks and cars are at left, a small building is in near middle ground and the train depot is visible in far middle ground. Forest is in far middle ground with snow-clad Talkeetna Mountains in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

People 3

Creator

Margaret Miller

Subject

Colonist "Lida" Green is standing next to a railroad "speeder" car.

Description

Image shows a woman, identified as colonist Allda ("Lida") Green, standing next to a railroad "speeder" car.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Post Office 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Palmer Post Office circa 1940, water tower and powerhouse smoke stack

Description

Image is a view of the front of the new Post Office building constructed as part of the Matanuska Colony project in front of the powerhouse on what was to become Dahlia Ave. The water tower is prominent and a portion of the powerhouse and its smokestack are visible behind. A cable and post hitching rail is in foreground and two automobiles are partially visible. Postal service moved from Jim Felton’s store to this facility in 1936 where it operated until 1949. This postcard photo is estimated to have been taken about 1940.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Pretty Girl, Fancy Car

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Girl with Car

Description

Image is of a young woman, identified as Grace Bagoy of Anchorage, sitting on the bumper of an unidentified make of automobile. A water body is visible in background with a small open boat on the shore next to a building that appears to be a smokehouse. Contemporary photos in the collection support the assumption that this photo was made on a group outing to the Goose Bay area.

Location

Identified as probably Goose Bay of Cook Inlet, Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Title

Rail Car School 1

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

School Children

Description

Image shows a group of young children and a woman assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teacher attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while the permanent Palmer school building was being built.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Rail Car School 2

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

School Children

Description

Image shows a group of young children and two women assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teachers attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while permanent Palmer school building was being built.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Rail Car School 3

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

School Children

Description

Image shows a group of young children and two women assembled on steps up to the doorway of a railroad car. This is a class of students and their teachers attending school in the temporary facility of the rail car while the permanent Palmer school building was being built. A typical colony tent is visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Railroad Gas Car

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Alaska Railroad gas car

Description

Information associated with this photo identifies it as an Alaska Railroad gas car and two flat trailers on the rails at Chickaloon station in that coal mining community at the north end of the Matanuska branch rail line. Behind the vehicle are several small buildings at the base of a steep, bare slope topped by trees.

Location

Chickaloon, Alaska

Title

Red Cross Helpers

Creator

Ruth Estelle

Subject

People

Description

Image shows a group of young women, all "Colony Kids" identified from left to right as Diana Reitan, unknown, unknown, Dorothy Sheely, Genevieve Ring, unknown, and unknown, standing in front of a vehicle, identified as the hospital "Nurses Car" and ambulance which was part of the Palmer Fourth-of-July parade. Colony Tents and the Hospital building are in the background. One girl holds a 48-star flag.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Sign Truck

Creator

Unknown, probably Irv Plitt

Subject

Palmer Sign Company Truck

Description

Image shows a pick-up truck with words painted on the cab, side door and tail gate advertising signs and the Palmer Sign Co. Three buildings are partially visible in middle ground with forest and mountains faintly visible beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Sophisticated Ladies

Creator

Nick Nichols

Subject

Palmer teachers posing on a car

Description

Image shows six people gathered on a four-door car parked in front of a building identified by a sign on the front as “Palmer Post Office, General Store”. Another sign advertises "Gasoline For Sale". Five women are apparent and identified as Palmer school teachers: (l to r) Lorrinda Ward, Unidentified, Zelda Pilkerton, Peggy Pimperton, Unidentified, and Mildred Ferguson. An unidentified sixth person can be seen peeking through the car from the other side.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Supplies for the Colonists 6

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Grain binders awaiting distribution for use by Colony farmers

Description

Image shows a row of horse-drawn grain binder machines in Palmer waiting to be made available to colony farmers when they became needed for harvesting as the Colonists produced grain crops. Tents and other buildings of the “Tent City” are visible behind the binders.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Trading Post 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Color view of the Co-op Trading Post in 1956 with automobiles parked in front.

Description

Image is a summer street-side color view from Dahlia Ave. of the Co-op Trading Post and Creamery building with numerous automobiles parked in front. The warehouse behind the store is partially visible.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

Train Engine & Freight Cars

Creator

Louis Odsather

Subject

Railroad

Description

Image shows two open rail freight cars on one set of tracks with a train engine on tracks behind the cars. Location is at the Palmer siding, the empty cars having delivered material to the Matanuska Colony project. Lazy Mountains is visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Title

“Alaska Railroad at Palmer”

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Train Engine In Palmer, Alaska

Description

Image is of Alaska Railroad engine #554, blowing black smoke, on tracks in central Palmer with ARRC staff housing and the "Dorm" in middle ground beyond. Forest and mountains in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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