Glenn Highway

National Scenic BywayAlaska

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  • Historic Ruins at the Independence Mine

    Torn down buildings of the Independence Mine sit in disarray at Hatcher Pass.

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  • Presenting Designation Plaque to Alaska's Glenn Highway

    Alaska's Glenn Highway receives their designation plaque at the Designation 2002 event at Union Station in Washington DC.

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  • Downtown Anchorage During the Summer

    This is an aerial view of Anchorage and the beginning of the Glenn Highway Corridor with the Chugach Mountains in the background.

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  • Palmer Depot with a Narrow Guage Locomotive

    Palmer is the heart of agriculture in Alaska. It is the home of the Alaska State Fair, giant vegetables, and beautiful gardens.

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  • Long Lake State Park

    Fall colors abound at Long Lake State Park at Mile 84 of the Glenn Highway.

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  • Native Family Along Glenn Highway Corridor

    Native American culture is a big part of the Glenn Highway story, as well as the Alaska story. Some of these groups are unique to Alaska, making their story nationally significant.

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  • The Glenn in the Talkeetnas

    Fall colors greet tourists as they descend into Sutton.

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  • The Old Chickaloon River Bridge

    Originally built as a railroad trestle to haul coal from the Chickaloon area around Mile 76 of the Glenn Highway, this bridge has since been replaced and is located in the woods along the Chickaloon Branch Road.

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  • King Mountain and Long Lake

    King Mountain looms in the background as the Glenn Highway snakes towards the west.

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  • Cliff Steadman, Mirror Lake, 1942

    This photo shows Cliff Steadman, who hauled supplies and mail in this vehicle once the the Glenn Highway was completed. The Old Palmer Road between Anchorage and Palmer became part of the Glenn Highway in 1945.

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  • Aerial of Knik River Valley

    This shows the proximity of the Chugach Mountains and Pioneer Peak to the Glenn Highway as you enter the Matanuska Susitna Borough at Mile 30 of the Glenn Highway. The New Glenn Highway is in the foreground followed by the Alaska Railroad Bridge. The Old Glenn Highway or Palmer Alternate, a 19 mile scenic drive, can be seen in the middle right at the base of the mountains.

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  • Anchorage Night Skyline

    Anchorage gleams in the moonlight.

  • The Glenn Highway Story

    This plaque is located at the Alpine Heritage and Cultural Center in Sutton. It gives a glimpse of the difficulty the early road builders faced.

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  • Matanuska Glacier State Wayside

    The newly redeveloped Matanuska Glacier State Wayside offers a premier view of the glacier and has interpretive facilities, trail, camping, picnicking and accessible restrooms.

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  • Cliff Steadman Sharing His Stories

    Cliff Steadman shares his stories with his daughter and Don Galligan of HDR Alaska, Inc. at his cabin near the Matanuska Glacier, mile 100 of the Glenn Highway.

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  • Mount Sanford

    Mount Sanford dominates the view from the end of the Glenn Highway All American Road at Mile 135 as the broad Interior Alaska landscape dominates the foreground.

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  • Alaska's Matanuska Glacier

    The Matanuska Glacier is the river of ice that made it all.

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  • Sheep Mountain Public Meeting

    About 30 interested residents from the further reaches of the byway attended an October 2001 public meeting at Sheep Mountain Lodge to learn more about the National Scenic Byways Program, its benefits and impacts.

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  • Palmer Hay Flats

    This is the view as you travel toward Anchorage from Palmer. Pioneer Peak is to the left with Twin Peaks to the right. The "Ghost Forest" is shown in the foreground. These trees are from the subsidence that occurred in the area as a result of the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 that registered greater than 9.0 on the Richter Scale.

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  • Independence Gold Mine State Park

    An old, restored building from the Independence Mine is overshadowed by the majestic mountains of Hatcher Pass.

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  • Teaching at Ya Ne Dah Ah School in Chickaloon Village

    The Chickaloon Village operates the only native-run school in Alaska. The "Ya Ne Dah Ah" School is located at the Village at Mile 58 of the Glenn Highway.

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  • Eklutna Village Cemetery

    The Eklutna Village Cemetery reflects the effect of the Russian Orthodox religion on the native culture.

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  • Chocolate Waterfall at the Alaska Wild Berry Products Factory

    A must see at the Alaska Wild Berry Products factory in Anchorage, Alaska, this "chocolate waterfall" cascades down into a pool of pure chocolate goodness.

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  • Engraved Ulu Knife

    A modern version of the ancient ulu knife featuring an engraving of the state of Alaska on the blade. These knives were originally crafted by the Inuit people over 3000 years ago.

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  • "Made in Alaska" Symbol

    This symbol/tag helps identify merchandise that is made in Alaska.

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  • A Female Willow Ptarmigan Near Some Spring Wildlflowers

    A female Willow Ptarmigan pauses near some spring wildflowers.

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