“You get a real feeling of this country and the people in it when you’re on a train.” – Harry S. Truman.

We arrive at TALKEETNA at 11:05 am and depart 15 minutes later.

Talkeetna, AK

Talkeetna, Alaska Railroad Depot

This quaint little town (pop. 800) with a mining history and now a popular takeoff point for climbers to Mt. McKinley is located at the confluence of three rivers, the Susitna, Chulitna and Talkeetna. By the way, the suffix ‘-na’ means river in the Athabaskan language.

I enjoy lunch together with a very nice couple from Washington state. I’d like to savor the tastes of Alaska and order an almond crusted Alaska cod and a very tasty local beer. Alaska has 24 breweries, putting the state in the top tier nationally for breweries per capita. The food is better than on the Amtrak trains and meals are served on real china.


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