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Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the state of Alaska, USA. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.The first people to live in the Matanuska Valley, where Palmer is located, were the Dena’ina and Ahtna Athabaskans. They moved throughout the area, living a subsistence lifestyle and trading with other native groups. Their trade routes were along the Matanuska River. Russians came to Alaska in 1741 and brought the Russian Orthodox religious tradition to the indigenous peoples of the region. In the mid-1880s, an entrepreneur named George W. Palmer built a trading post on the Matanuska River, near present-day Palmer. The town was later named after this Alaskan pioneer.In the late 19th century, the U.S. government began to take interest in the Matanuska coal fields located north of Palmer. This interest sparked financiers to consider constructing the Alaska Central Railroad in 1904. The advent of WWI created a need for high quality coal to fuel US battleships and by 1917 the US Navy had constructed rail from the port of Seward to the Chickaloon coal deposits. At the end of WWI,the US Navy distributed land in the coal fields to war veterans and additional land was opened to homesteading. Farmers, miners and homesteaders began to populate the area. The Palmer Post Office was opened July 6, 1917 under the name of Warton. With railroad accessibility, new markets for agriculture began to open up for farmers in the Matanuska Valley.In one year Palmer transformed from a mere whistle stop rail siding to a planned community with modern utilities and community services. Eleven million dollars from Federal Emergency Relief Administration was spent to create the town of Palmer and relocate 203 families from the hard hit Iron Range region of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Families traveled by train and ship to Palmer, arriving in May of 1935. Upon their arrival they were housed in a tent city during their first Alaskan summer. Each family drew lots for 40-acre (160,000 m2) tracts and their farming adventure began in earnest. The failure rate was high, but many of their descendants still live in the area and there are still many operating farms in the Palmer area, including Vanderwheele and Wolverine farms. In 1971, The National Outdoor Leadership School started operating wilderness education courses in the nearby Talkeetna and Chugach mountain ranges from a local historic farmhouse, now listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.In addition to an agrarian heritage, the colony families brought with them Midwest America's small-town values, institutional structures, and a well-planned city center reminiscent of their old hometowns in Minnesota. Many of the structures built are now in a nationally recognized historic district. Construction of the statewide road system and the rapid development of Anchorage has fueled growth around Palmer. Many Palmer residents commute 45 minutes to work in Anchorage.

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 650 S Cobb Street$6,500,000 
 66,000 SqFt
MLS #: 17-12114 
 Listed By Jack White Commercial
 81 E Commercial Drive$5,425,000 
 59,240 SqFt
MLS #: 13-13009 
 Listed By Commercial Real Estate Alaska, LLC
 4576 S Old Glenn Highway$2,750,000 
 1,776 SqFt
MLS #: 17-19919 
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 1750 S James Street$1,900,000 
 15,000 SqFt
MLS #: 17-14953 
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 L12 B1 Denali Street$1,700,000 
 1,000 SqFt
MLS #: 17-1517 
 Listed By RE/MAX Dynamic of the Valley - Glacier View Branch
650 S Cobb Street, Palmer, AK 99645
  
MLS#:17-12114
$6,500,000   FOR SALE
66,000 SqFt
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Jack White Commercial
81 E Commercial Drive, Palmer, AK 99645
  
MLS#:13-13009
$5,425,000   FOR SALE
59,240 SqFt
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Commercial Real Estate Alaska, LLC
4576 S Old Glenn Highway, Palmer, AK 99645
  
MLS#:17-19919
$2,750,000   FOR SALE
1,776 SqFt
Listed By
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The RAYDAHL Group, LLC
1750 S James Street, Palmer, AK 99645
  
MLS#:17-14953
$1,900,000   FOR SALE
15,000 SqFt
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Jack White Real Estate Mat Su
L12 B1 Denali Street, Palmer, AK 99645
  
MLS#:17-1517
$1,700,000   FOR SALE
1,000 SqFt
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RE/MAX Dynamic of the Valley - Glacier View Branch
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