Soldotna, Alaska

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Soldotna, Alaska
From top left: Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library, Kenai Peninsula Borough Building, aerial view of the City of Soldotna, Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna Creek Park, and the Kenai Peninsula College.
From top left: Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library, Kenai Peninsula Borough Building, aerial view of the City of Soldotna, Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna Creek Park, and the Kenai Peninsula College.
Location of Soldotna, Alaska
Location of Soldotna, Alaska
Coordinates: 60°29′12″N 151°4′31″W / 60.48667°N 151.07528°W / 60.48667; -151.07528Coordinates: 60°29′12″N 151°4′31″W / 60.48667°N 151.07528°W / 60.48667; -151.07528
CountryUnited States
StateAlaska
BoroughKenai Peninsula
IncorporatedJuly 1967[1]
Government
 • MayorNels Anderson[2]
 • State senatorPeter Micciche (R)
 • State rep.Gary Knopp (R)
Area
 • Total7.33 sq mi (19.00 km2)
 • Land6.90 sq mi (17.86 km2)
 • Water0.44 sq mi (1.14 km2)
Elevation
105 ft (32 m)
Population
 • Total4,163
 • Estimate 
(2016)
4,617
 • Density629.53/sq mi (243.04/km2)
Time zoneUTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
99669
Area code907 (local exchange prefix: 260, 262)
FIPS code02-71640
GNIS feature ID1414025
Websitewww.soldotna.org

Soldotna is a city in Alaska, United States. The town is popular for fishing. The largest King Salmon was caught in Soldotna.[4] The fish weighed 97 lb 4 oz.

The Soldotna Airport is a city-owned, public use airport.

History[change | change source]

In 1947, after World War II, the United States let people have land on the Kenai Peninsula. This was done by the Homestead Act. A road was made from Cooper Landing to Kenai. Soldotna was the place for a bridge over the Kenai River.

Oil was discovered in the Swanson River area in 1957. More people came to the area because of this.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 145.
  2. "City of Soldotna Mayor & Council". City of Soldotna.
  3. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 22, 2017.
  4. Anderson catches 'whopper' his way, Peninsula Clarion, May 20, 1985.