The Knik Museum represents a major part of Alaska’s History. Located in one of the only two remaining buildings of the Knik historic town site, the museum holds a collection of artifacts from the Alaska Gold Rush era. Clothing, furniture, tools, and much, much more from the early Knik town are on display on the first floor of the Museum. Knik’s central location near the ocean made it acceptable as a trading hub and supplier for the South-central Alaska interior.
The second floor of the museum is home to the Sled Dog Musher’s Hall of Fame, which honors famous dogs and mushers who have contributed to sled dog racing and travel. Knik eventually came to be known as the “Dog Mushing Center of the World” and remains a checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail.
This pre-Anchorage town buzzed with activity at its height but gradually became a ghost town due to the development of Anchorage and Wasilla. Operated by the Wasilla-Knik-Willow Creek Historical Society, The Knik Museum offers a glimpse into history. The surrounding area corresponds with the museum, as it exemplifies natural and historical terrain, untouched from the past.