in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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- Point MacKenzie is located between the south shore of Knik Arm of Cook Inlet and the Little Susitna River, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. It lies on Point MacKenzie Road, south of Big Lake, about 15 miles southwest of Wasilla.
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- January temperatures range from 4 to 23 °F; July can vary from 47 to 68 °F.
History and Culture
- The area is Dena'ina Athabascan territory; archaeological artifacts have been found at Fish Creek, north of Point MacKenzie. The point was named by Joseph Whidbey of Capt. Vancouver's party on May 4, 1794, for the Rt. Hon. James Stuart MacKenzie. Knik, to the north, was a supply center for mining operations as far away as Nome. A townsite was staked at Goose Bay in 1898. Although a settlement was never established, ships bound for Knik frequently had to unload at Point MacKenzie due to adverse weather or tides. In 1915, C.W. Dietzel owned a homestead near Goose Bay and built docks and a cannery nearby. When the Alaska Railroad was completed and bypassed Knik in 1917, the area was essentially abandoned. In 1958 construction began on Nike-Hercules Missile Site at Goose Bay. This created employment and led to homesteading. The site is no longer in operation.
- Students are bused to schools in Wasilla.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Point MacKenzie Road is accessible from Knik Road and the George Parks Highway. A variety of transportation means are available from Wasilla, Palmer, and Anchorage. A private airstrip is located in the area. The Point MacKenzie Industrial Port is a deep-draft port.
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