For Smithsonian: A ride on America’s last flag-stop train into Alaska’s homestead country

An Alaska Life

If you can find it, pick up a copy of Smithsonian Journeys. It is one of my most favorite projects, in part because so many of my favorite journalists and writers wrote and took photos in it, including Ash Adams, Brian Adams, Katie Orlinsky, Wayde Carroll, Seth Kantner, Nathaniel Wilder and Kirsten Swann. I also liked it because it gave me a chance to explore a little of my own family connection to the railroad line that runs from Talkeetna to Hurricane through off-the-grid homesteader country.

Here’s how my story begins:

To get to the town of Talkeetna, where Alaska’s popular flag-stop train begins its route, take the Parks Highway north from Anchorage through the Anywhere-in-America strip-mall colony of Wasilla, pass Happy Hooker Towing and the neighboring Church on the Rock, go by so many lonesome coffee carts in so many dusty gravel parking lots…

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Published in: on July 23, 2016 at 10:53 am  Comments Off on For Smithsonian: A ride on America’s last flag-stop train into Alaska’s homestead country