Wasilla’s History

Wasilla’s rich history and diversity of people and ideas are actively treasured and preserved. The community’s heritage includes the indigenous Athabaskan Dena’ina people – Chief Wasilla gave the town its name. The legacy also includes gold miners and homesteaders, as well as contemporary entrepreneurs and wilderness enthusiasts.

The community of Wasilla came about in 1917 when the U.S. government offered lots for sale to establish a town site where the soon-to-come Alaska Railroad would intersect with today’s Wasilla-Fishhook Road, called the Carle Wagon Road, which was a wagon trail at the time.

When the Parks Highway came directly through Wasilla in the 1970s an Anchorage migration began – commuters eager for escape from the city started making their homes in the growing community. This in turn, created a need for new services and businesses and led to an entrepreneurial wave of growth, which has continued over the years.