Current Population: 219 (2010 census)
Incorporation Type: Unincorporated
Borough Located In: Kenai Peninsula Borough
Taxes: Sales: 2% (Borough); Property: 8.3 mills (Borough); None
City: Moose Pass Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 558, Moose Pass, AK 99631
Moose Pass is located 26 miles north of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. It is on the southwest shore of Upper Trail Lake, off the Seward Highway.
Oscar Christensen and his partner, Mickey Natt, came by horse and dog sled to Moose Pass in 1909. They built a small log cabin, and then a log roadhouse to serve as an inn and supply house for the miners up north. The original Iditarod Trail, used to transport gold and supplies, was blazed through the area in 1910 and 1911. The community was first named in 1912 as a station on the Alaska Railroad. The name is reportedly derived from a mail carrier's team of dogs that in 1903 had considerable trouble gaining the right-of-way from a moose. This small town was known for mining, logging and as a transfer point for those headed north with supplies, or south with gold. The Alaska Railroad Company built a small freight shed and receiving platform for heavy machinery in 1927.
The first mail service to the residents was by train. Sacks of mail were tossed off the train and sorted inefficiently. The dissatisfaction with the inefficiency of this service prompted the establishment of a Post Office in 1928. Leora (Estes) Roycroft became the first Postmaster and officially named the community Moose Pass. The Christensen Roadhouse used teams of horses for summertime hauling of supplies and mail delivery. The Estes family used dog sled teams for winter mail delivery..
During the April 1990 U.S. Census, there were 51 total housing units, and 18 of these were vacant. The majority of homes use individual water wells and septic tank systems; over 50% of households are fully plumbed. 23 jobs were estimated to be in the community. The official unemployment rate at that time was 25.8%. 25.8% of all adults were not in the work force. The median household income was $22,083, and 0% of residents were living below the poverty level. The State Division of Forestry and local businesses provide most employment.
Moose Pass has a great volunteer fire company which provides year round, 24 hour per day on-call emergency fire and medical services to the community of Moose Pass.
Moose Pass has a wide variety of activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, boating, mountain climbing, wildlife sightseeing, ice fishing, ice skating, hunting, snowmachining, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing (free style), snowshoeing and dog sledding.
Each June for the past 20 years, Moose Pass has come together to celebrate the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. For two days, the community gathers together for food, games, music and general family fun, and to raise money to maintain their community hall, support the fire department and library, and provide activities for their children.
It also has a 990 foot (19 car) siding.
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