in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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Geography and Climate
- The community lies at the base of 3,720-foot Lazy Mountain, 3 miles east of Palmer in the Mat-Su Borough. It lies east of the Matanuska River, off the Old Glenn Highway. It is approximately 45 miles from Anchorage.
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- Lazy Mountain lies in the transitional climate zone, characterized by an average annual precipitation of about 30 inches, and average annual temperatures of about 27 °F. The coldest month in 2013 was December, with a mean minimum temperature of 7.4 °F. The warmest month was June, with a mean maximum temperature of 68.3 °F.
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History and Culture
- Around 1900, "Palmer's Upper House," a boat-accessible trading post, was located on the east side of the Matanuska River, just upriver from today's Matanuska River Bridge on the Old Glenn Highway. George Palmer's store catered to Dena'ina Athabascans who traded with the Ahtna from Copper River. The area was homesteaded as early as 1915, when the railroad brought employment. Lazy Mountain Children's Home operated from 1947 until the early 1960s. At one time, the Mat-Su Borough established a ski lift and warm-up hut at the Lazy Mountain recreation area. It has since been dismantled.
- Lazy Mountain is a large developed area outside of Palmer. Most residents are non-Native. Students are bused to schools in Butte or Palmer.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Community roads connect to the Glenn and George Parks Highways, and air transportation is available in Anchorage and Palmer.
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