The History of Mendeltna

The community is at Mile 153 of the Glenn Highway near Mendeltna River, 30 miles southwest of Glennallen. It is located 10 miles west of Nelchina and 30 miles west of Eureka. It lies at approximately 62 00' N Latitude, 146 30' W Longitude . The community is located in the Chitina Recording District. The area encompasses 67 sq. miles of land and 1 sq. miles of water.

Mendeltna is an Indian name first reported by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1915. Mendeltna was originally a stop on the trail used by Natives from Lake Tyone to Tazlina Lake. Gold in the creeks draining from the Chugach Mountains brought prospectors to this area in the late 1800s. The Eureka Lodge was built to serve miners, and the Nelchina area offered several trails into the mountains.

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