Talkeetna Cemetery

Talkeetna, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, United States

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Description

The small town of Talkeetna has a well maintained cemetery at the location referenced above. It is literally just across the street from the main air strip. Speaking with lead care keeper, I learned that original cemetery was located in the area now covered by the end of the air strip and several grave sites were relocated to the new cemetery site. On the weekend of August 9, 2015, I took a picture of every single existing grave marker/tombstone including some which were very unique (plane props, climbing gear, etc. All of these have been transcribed. There is some duplication because someone else took 21 pictures in 2012. Since the cemetery is still being actively used, any burials, etc subsequent to August 9, 2015 need to be added. There is one very unique aspect about this cemetery which I will explain and then inform users how I handled. On September 25, 1992, Talkeetna dedicated a memorial to all climbers who lost their lives on Mount McKinley and other peaks in the Alaska Range. The Memorial which depicts two climbers making their way up a white pole that signifies Mount McKinley's snow covered slopes, is located in the Talkeetna cemetery. Further there are two large panels filled with plaques containing names of and other information about the dead climbers like you might see at a military cemetery. Some of their bodies were not recovered from the mountains and some apparently were recovered and buried here. Some have individual headstones but some do not. To assist researchers, we put into this database all of the names, year of death, age at death and country of origin.
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