Chugiak-Eagle River is a haven for trails, many of them in the nation’s third-largest state park. Chugach State Park has nearly a half million scenic acres.
In 1903 the Alaska Central Railroad built 51 miles of rail between Seward and Turnagain Arm to connect the port with the Sunrise and Hope mining districts.
Its name since changed to Alaska Fine Arts Academy, the non-profit hosts classes for children and adults in art, drama, music, theater and dance.
While the idea of having a huge lake fronting homes built on the Eagle River Valley hillsides might be appealing to some people, it did not come to pass.
Those teams have won several state championships. The Chugiak and Eagle River high school baseball teams have continued a good tradition in the sport.
Chugiak-Eagle River went on the global stage in 1996 when 1,625 athletes from around the world were hosted for the 13th Arctic Winter Games.
Only nine deaths were attributed to the earthquake while the remainder were due to the tsunamis generated by underwater landslides.
Stepping up were the people who were settling the community. A community club met to discuss needs such as a volunteer fire department came forth.
No Place was on the homestead taken out by Thillman “Til” Wallace in the mid-Fifties. It boasted of an artesian well sufficient to keep a large pond filled.
Walter Pippel suffered a stroke and passed in 1969 after being incapacitated for a long period. Melva remained in their home for several years thereafter.