in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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Geography and Climate
- The community lies at the base of 3,720-foot Lazy Mountain, 3 miles east of Palmer in the Mat-Su Borough. It lies east of the Matanuska River, off the Old Glenn Highway. It is approximately 45 miles from Anchorage.
- The temperatures in January range from -35 to 33 °F and in July from 42 to 85 °F. Annual precipitation averages 16.5 inches, with 43 inches of snowfall.
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History and Culture
- Around 1900, "Palmer's Upper House," a boat-accessible trading post, was located on the east side of the Matanuska River, just upriver from today's Matanuska River Bridge on the Old Glenn Highway. George Palmer's store catered to Dena'ina Athabascans who traded with the Ahtna from Copper River. The area was homesteaded as early as 1915, when the railroad brought employment. Lazy Mountain Children's Home operated from 1947 until the early 1960s. At one time, the Mat-Su Borough established a ski lift and warm-up hut at the Lazy Mountain recreation area. It has since been dismantled.
- Lazy Mountain is a large developed area outside of Palmer. Most residents are non-Native. Students are bused to schools in Butte or Palmer.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Community roads connect to the Glenn and George Parks Highways, and air transportation is available in Anchorage and Palmer.
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