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Location DB > United States > Alaska > Eagle River > The Farm
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The Farm
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 Database Info
created by AKphill on 8/27/2008 11:03 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 10/27/2022 1:13 PM
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 Overview
 Description
Known as the Wallace Homestead. A large expanse of land circling a small pond. There are a few sheds and fences still standing, as well as the old farmhouse. A small corral lies down a path at the north end of the property. Accessible via the Mt Baldy Trail. There is a dirt road, Wallace Wynd Dr to the property, but it is unclear if that is open to public traffic. Google link and owners website make it appear as though this is open to visitors, however one article linked in Media Coverage notes it closing in 2019, so it is unclear.

Click on "See a map of this location" for a labeled Google Pin with some great current pics of the cabin (now dressed as a general store), the well, and the surrounding views!
 Basic Information
Type: Building/Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
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Eagle River, Alaska
United States
Owner: Wallace Family
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • thick plants
  •  Interesting Features
    Old farming equipment, remains of a cafeteria, and an Artesian well delivering fresh mountain spring water to the surface.

    2022 - Some restoration of the cabin has occurred. The well has been capped with proper spigots.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    empty water bottle
     History
    This is actually a failed attempt at a mountain top subdivision. From the Wallace Brothers Mountain website:

    "The Wallace homesteads were first entered in 1959, with 320 acres patented to the Wallaces in 1964 and 1972. The first subdivision into home lots was recorded in 1973, when the road system was constructed and wells drilled.

    In 1978, the homesteaders purchased, from Eklutna, Incorporated, a private access easement protecting their newly constructed access road across the Eklutna lands.

    The second plat of home lots was recorded in 1982, with both homesteads incorporated into the Wallace Brothers Mountain Subdivision. As a part of this subdivision, all the roads in the subdivision were made private, with private road tracts rather than public rights-of-way.

    In 1970, the Alaska Legislature created the Chugach State Park out of the Federal holdings which were left over, after fifty years of homesteading in the area had claimed most of the usable lands.

    By 1984, the Wallace homesteaders, Mike, Til and Ella, began to see the downside of cutting off and privatizing their mountain valley. They began sharing their love of horses, hiking and the spectacular views with our community, as well as Anchorage visitor groups, both large and small. The Wallace's also began studying the potential of the lands for winter recreation opportunities, a study which continues today."
     Media Coverage
    Extensive history here:
    https://www.alaska...oon-be-subdivision

    Closed in 2019:
    https://www.adn.co...sed-to-the-public/
     Future Plans
    The Wallace Brother's Mountain website states:

    "The only alternative to sale of the property to the State which is available to the owners and investors is to sell the homesites for private home ownership and close the area off from the public."
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    Down on the farm.
    Wed, Aug 27th, 2008
    posted by AKphill
    17 pictures
     


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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/27/2022 1:15 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 27 22 at 13:15, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 27 22 at 13:13, Emperor Wang changed the following: Description
  • on Oct 27 22 at 13:03, fr00tCake changed the following: Web Links
  • on Oct 27 22 at 13:03, fr00tCake changed the following: Description
  • on Oct 27 22 at 13:00, fr00tCake changed the following: Description
  • on Oct 27 22 at 12:59, fr00tCake changed the following: Owner, History, Interesting Features, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description, Web Links
  • on Aug 28 08 at 2:59, Steed validated this location
  • on Aug 28 08 at 0:42, AKphill made this location available
  • on Aug 28 08 at 0:42, AKphill changed the following: Interesting Features, Recommendation
  • on Aug 28 08 at 0:40, AKphill updated gallery picture Eagle River Farm (17)
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