The History of Glennallen

The community of Glennallen lies along the Glenn Highway at its junction with the Richardson Highway, 189 road miles east of Anchorage. It is located just outside the western boundary of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. It lies at approximately 62 07' N Latitude, 145 33' W Longitude (Sec. 23, T004N, R002W, Copper River Meridian). The community is located in the Chitina Recording District. The area encompasses 19 sq. miles of land and 0 sq. miles of water.

The name was derived from Maj. Edwin Glenn and Lt. Henry Allen, both leaders in the early explorations of the Copper River region. It is one of the few communities in the region that was not built on the site of a Native village.

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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development