Soldotna History and Facts

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The City of Soldotna, Alaska

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Soldotna Motto: “Alaska's Kenai River City”

City History: The city we now know as Soldotna was once, back in the 1700’s, inhabited by Dena’ina Indians. Soldotna was later settled, in 1947, by world war II Veterans who were given preferential treatment in the purchase of land. In the late fifties, about 1957, oil was discovered in the Swanson River area bringing an onslaught of industrial development and economic growth to Soldotna. In 1960 the city incorporated itself establishing local government.

Weather: The average from summer to winter in this town are drastic. Summer time temp's are around 57-64 degrees. Winter is much colder, averaging temps well below zero to 25 degrees during the harshest days.

Soldotna Facts:

  • Soldotna is famous for the WORLD RECORD king salmon that was caught from the Kenai River, a monster at 97 lbs. 4 oz., caught by local fisherman Les Anderson.
  • Over 4,000 people live in the city of Soldotna.

Soldotna City Links: Follow these links to find more great sources of information, history, travel ideas and more!

City of Soldotna Online

Soldotna Chamber of Commerce