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Crossroads town has food, gas, agencies and information
Glennallen is an important crossroads in east-central Alaska.
This town of about 550 sits along the Glenn Highway at its junction with the Richardson Highway, 189 road miles east of Anchorage. Glennallen is just outside the western boundary of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Glennallen is the business hub of the Copper River region.
Local businesses serve area communities and Glenn Highway traffic, providing gasoline, supplies and services, four schools (attended by 489 students) and medical care.
Offices of the federal Bureau of Land Management, the state Department of Transportation, Alaska State Troopers and the state Department of Fish and Game are here.
A visitors information center, several RV parks and the Wrangell St. Elias Visitor Center and National Park headquarters serve travelers.
The area has historically been occupied by the Ahtna, although Glennallen is a non-Native community, with only one of every eight residents an Alaska Native.
During the April 2000 U.S. census, there were 269 total housing units, 65 of them vacant, with 35 of these used seasonally. More than 90 percent of homes are fully plumbed. Most residents have private wells in the Glennallen area, but the water is often of very poor quality. The majority of downtown is connected to a piped sewage system that serves 52 homes and businesses and is being expanded to the Alaska Bible College and the Glennallen Heights subdivision. Most homes have individual septic tank systems, but permafrost and high water tables cause drainage failures. Glennallen has no taxing authority.
Glennallen's name was derived from Maj. Edwin Glenn and Lt. Henry Allen, both leaders in the early explorations of the Copper River region. It is one of the few communities in the region that was not built on the site of a Native village.
Source: Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development