Buffalo Soapstone is located on Moose Creek
Road, directly north of Palmer and Farm Loop, west of the Glenn Highway. It lies
west of Moose Creek and Buffalo Creek.
The sites of Baxter Mine, Buffalo Mine, Matanuska Sinner Mine, and Premier Mine
are located in the area. The Mat-Su Borough was established as a planned
agricultural colony. 203 families, mostly from Michigan, Wisconsin, and
Minnesota, were relocated to Alaska in the early summer of 1935. Many of their
descendants still live in the Mat-Su Valley today. Low housing costs, the
semi-rural lifestyle, and a reasonable commute to Anchorage have supported
growth in the Mat-Su Valley.