in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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Geography and Climate
- Buffalo Soapstone is located on Moose Creek Road, directly north of Palmer and Farm Loop, west of the Glenn Highway. It lies west of Moose Creek and Buffalo Creek.
- The average temperatures in January range from 4 to 21 °F. In July, the average temperature range is 44 to 67 °F. Annual precipitation averages 16.5 inches, and annual snowfall averages 50 inches.
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History and Culture
- The sites of Baxter Mine, Buffalo Mine, Matanuska Sinner Mine, and Premier Mine are located in the area. The Mat-Su Borough was established as a planned agricultural colony. 203 families, mostly from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, were relocated to Alaska in the early summer of 1935. Many of their descendants still live in the Mat-Su Valley today. Low housing costs, the semi-rural lifestyle, and a reasonable commute to Anchorage have supported growth in the Mat-Su Valley.
- The area is primarily a non-Native settlement. Students are bused to schools in Palmer.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Buffalo Soapstone is located off of the Glenn Highway. Commercial airlines serve the Anchorage International Airport, but the Palmer Municipal Airport supports private and chartered services. There are seven additional privately-owned airstrips in the vicinity. Float planes may land at nearby Finger Lake or Wolf Lake. The Alaska Railroad connects Palmer to Whittier, Seward, or Anchorage for ocean freight delivery.
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