in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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Geography and Climate
- Chase is located on the east bank of the Susitna River, 9 air miles north of Talkeetna in the Mat-Su Borough. It lies approximately 125 miles from Anchorage, at mile 236 of the Alaska Railroad. There is no road access.
- On average, January temperatures range from 1 to 20 °F. July temperatures range from 49 to 68 °F. Average annual total precipitation is 28 inches, and average annual snowfall is 121 inches.
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History and Culture
- Chase derives its name from Nancy Chase, the daughter of R.D. Chase, who was a special disbursing agent for the Alaska Engineering Commission at Anchorage. In 1919, the railroad station at mile 236.2 of the Alaska Railroad was originally named "Nanchase." A creamery was constructed at nearby Curry in 1927. This created a market for milk produced in the Matanuska Valley. Most of the butter was sold through hotels operated by the Alaska Railroad. In 1933 the creamery equipment was transferred to the Matanuska Experiment Station in Palmer. Several state land disposals in the 1970s and 1980s brought settlers into the area.
- Residents lead a self-reliant lifestyle, based on hunting, fishing, and gardening. There is no local school; children are home-schooled or attend Talkeetna area schools.
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- The railroad will drop travelers at the head of a trail leading into Chase. There is no direct road access, except from the George Parks Highway to nearby Talkeetna. The nearest airport is at Talkeetna. There is a system of trails throughout the community.
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