"Chugiak, Alaska Information"

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These pages under construction. Started 3/4/2009

Will have lots more Chugiak, Alaska History & picture albums soon.

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The name "Chugiak" comes from a Dena'ina word meaning "Place Of Many Places".

Chugiak was first heavily settled in the 1950s, primarily by homesteading former military personnel who had served in Alaska during World War II.

It is currently one of the main sites of suburban expansion near Anchorage.

Component communities of Chugiak include Birchwood and Peters Creek.

Alaska became the 49th State January 3, 1959

Updated 4/17/2011 Thanks to Coleen Walker Mielke for the heads up...

Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society
P.O. Box 670579
Chugiak, Alaska 99567

Phone: (907) 688-4706 (msg)

18606 Old Glenn Highway
(former Chugiak Elementary School)


New Web Site

email  info@cerhs.org

Reid Alaska History

Gib & Eileen Reid started north to Alaska from Chicago, Illinois June 1, 1947.

They drove a military surplus jeep with a 6’ canvas covered trailer hitched behind with everything they owned in it and $300.00 in their pockets.

Eileen and Gib arrived in Anchorage July 21 1947 with every thing, and $40 left in their pockets.

Obituary... Harry Gibson Reid "Gib" Date of Birth 9/18/1925 Died 7/14/2008

Eileen Lilian Reid Date of Birth 6/12/1923 Died 8/3/2014



Brief Alaska Highway History


Just got started on the story of the move

Gib & Eileen's Move to Alaska in 1947


Story of Gib & Eileen & Early Chugiak, Alaska


For information on early Chugiak settlers and Chugiak pioneers...

Early Chugiak Residents / Settlers & Pioneers


Got a few pictures in the album tonight 3/9/2009

Picture Album of early Chugiak, Alaska

Reid Family Photos mostly from our time in Chugiak, Alaska

Gib & Eileen Reid Pictures


 Matanuska Susitna Valley Earliest Residents  by Coleen Mielke (Walker)

World’s longest snowmobile race. Alaska’s Iron Dog 2010

Chugiak Ptarmigan Valley Resort Built by Ray Beam & Sons in the country Mike used to stomp.

Alaska's Digital Archives

Chugiak: The Town that Defied Anchorage An excellent Article written by Karla Fetrow in Subversify (An online magazine)


Alaska's Flag & Song

Flag designed by Benny Benson, a 13 year old boy, in 1926
Flag adopted by the Legislature on May 2, 1927.
Alaska's State song was written by Marie Drake
(an employee of the Alaska Department of Education)
and first appeared as a poem in 1925.
Set to music by Elinor Dusenbury, whose husband was commander of Chilkoot Barracks at Haines from 1933 to 1936.
Adopted by the Territorial Legislature in 1955.

Eight stars of gold on a field of blue
Alaska's flag may it mean to you,
the blue of the sea, the evening sky,
the mountain lakes, and the flow'rs nearby,
the gold of the early sourdough's dreams,
the precious gold of the hills and streams,
the brilliant stars in the northern sky,
the "Bear" - the "Dipper" - and, shining high,
the great North Star with its steady light,
over land and sea a beacon bright,
Alaska's flag - to Alaskans dear,
the simple flag of a last frontier.

History of Alaska

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