TALKEETNA

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Build in:

1940?

Original use:

Private dwelling

Now:

Private dwelling

The Dorothy Jones cabin

Dorothy Jones is perhaps even more famous than Belle MacDonald.  She came to Alaska with her parents as part of the colonization of the Palmer area in the 1930s.  She went to high school in Anchorage; left to go to college in the lower 48; came back to Alaska and settled in Talkeetna. She became a territorial commissioner before Alaska was a state.  She would go on to have a life in politics, becoming the first woman mayor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. She served on the Borough assembly and performed endless volunteer duties in Talkeetna, including helping start the local fire service and establishing the village’s sewer and water system.

The cabin is currently going through the nomination process for the National Register of Historic Places but is not within the Talkeetna Historic District boundaries.