Stubb’s the Cat Mayor – Talkeetna, Alaska
By: Courtney Dowd-Stanley
It’s not every day that you stumble upon a small town that is led by none other than a furry feline. Since 1997, Stubbs has been the reigning cat mayor of this idyllic hamlet located at the confluence of the Susitna, Chulitna and Talkeetna Rivers. That is, until the night of July 20, 2017, when Stubbs passed away in his sleep.
As the story goes, the manager of Nagley’s General Store, Lauri Stec, originally adopted Stubbs out of a box full of kittens that the owners were giving away. She chose Stubbs because he did not have a tail (which is where the name came from). There was a popular rumor that mentioned Stubbs being elected as the town cat mayor after a successful write-in campaign by local residents. Talkeetna doesn’t actually have a mayor, so Stubb’s the cat mayor had a very dignified position that was merely honorary, as Talkeetna is only a historical district.
Nagley’s General Store in Talkeetna doubled as Stubbs’s Mayoral Office, which has made the store quite the tourist attraction. Throughout his life as mayor, Stubbs has been flooded with cards and letters from fans all around the globe. During the peak summer months, Stubbs attracted between 30 and 40 tourists every single day.
In Talkeetna, Stubbs was king. By the looks of things, we’d say he loved every second of his life as Alaskan royalty.
After some quality time with Stubbs the cat mayor, visitors to Talkeetna would have the opportunity to experience exceptional recreational activities, local shops, and yummy restaurants.
Talkeetna is located roughly 113 miles north of Alaska’s largest city of Anchorage off of the George Parks Highway, and 150 miles south of Denali National Park. Locals and visitors are attracted to Talkeetna for its quirky charm and distinctive character.
A leisurely stroll through the historic downtown district will give you a dose of the local art scene.
No matter your activity while you are there, life is always good in Talkeetna.
Nearby views of the Alaska Range are guaranteed to catch everyone’s attention. On a clear day, Denali will blow you away.
Flightseeing and glacier landing excursions from Talkeetna are sure to impress. Fly into Denali National Park and feast your eyes on jaw-dropping views overlooking North America’s highest mountain peak at 20,310 feet.
A trip to Talkeetna on the Alaska Railroad is one that you will never forget. Soaking in scenic views with excellent onboard service—now THAT is hard to beat!
One of our favorite places to stay in Talkeetna is the Talkeetna Tiny House Cabin. While it may appear small in size it has all the right touches and even has an infrared sauna inside. There is more than enough space for four adults to stay there. It is a fantastic place to hang out and enjoy our time in both the winter or the summer.
Did you ever meet Stubbs the cat mayor? What are your favorite memories in the charming town of Talkeetna, Alaska?
Looking for more where that came from? To learn about another incredible small town check out Girdwood, Alaska – Named Among World’s Top 10 Greatest Mountain Towns. Also, Explore The Magnificent Scenery Inside Alaska’s First State Park – Kachemak Bay. This Alaska Road Trip Will Lead You Through The Most Treasured Tiny Towns.