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nformation & Facts about Yakutat Borough, Alaska

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Government

Yakutat is both a city and a Borough. It is a Home Rule Borough

City & Borough of Yakutat
P.O. Box 160
Yakutat, AK 99689
Phone 907-784-3323
Fax 907-784-3281

Yakutat Native Association
P.O. Box 418
Yakutat, AK 99689
Phone 907-784-3932
Fax 907-784-3595

Yak-Tat Kwaan, Incorporated
P.O. Box 416
Yakutat, AK 99689
Phone 907-784-3335
Fax 907-784-3622

Yakutat Tlingit Tribe
P.O. Box 418
Yakutat, AK 99689
Phone 907-784-3238
Fax 907-784-3595

U.S. Forest Service
Yakutat Ranger District
Tongass National Forest
P.O. Box 327
Yakutat, AK 99689
(907) 784-3359

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Population:

2000 - 724
2003 - 691
2004 - 680

Housing Units:
2000 - 499 (occupied)
2000 - 234 (vacant)
2000 - 178 (seasonally used)

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Location:

A narrow band of mountainous land links Southeast Alaska and the majority of the state. The Borough is in this narrow area. There are no roads or rail into the Borough. It can only be reached by air or water. Yakutat is on Yakutat Bay, the only sheltered deep water port in the eastern Gulf of Alaska.

It is 212 miles nortwest of Juneau and 225 miles southeast of Cordova.

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Climate:

Yakutat has a maritime climate with mild and rainy weather.
Average snowfall: 219 inches
Average precipitation: 132 inches
This area receives some of the heaviest precipitation in the state.

Average Summer Temperature range: 42 to 60
Average Winter Temperature range: 17 to 39

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Other Facts and Figures:

Income:
Median Household Income - $46,786
Per Capita Income - $22,579

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History:

Early on, Yakutat was a major Tlingit settlement. In early 1800's, the hunting of sea otters was the predominant activity. A fort was built by the Russian-American Company to aid in the processing but the owners didn't allow the Native people to also pursue their traditional hunting in the area. Because of this, there was much unrest. Finally, the fort was attacked and destroyed The declining sea otter population and the purchase of Alaska by the US were both factors in the loss of the sea otter industry.

Yakutat means "the place where the canoes rest."

In 1884, a store was opened here by the Alaska Commercial Co. Gold miners came to the area to strike it rich in 1886 and with them came new business. A school, sawmill, store, cannery were all opened by 1903. Once the cannery opened, more people came for the additional employment. The cannery closed in 1970. The city of Yakutat was created in 1948, but dissolved in 1992 when the Yakutat Borough was created.

The Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indians Tribes of Alaska are federally recognized tribes located in this area. Yakutat is 46.8% Alaska Native or part Native.

Here is a history page for Yakutat

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Geography:

Land area: 7,650.5 square miles
Water area: 1,808.8 square miles

.The Hubbard and Malaspina Glaciers are nearby

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Genealogy:

Genealogy links and information for the area
Kindred Trails page for Genealogy for this area
Yakutat Genealogy cemetery information

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Libraries:

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Schools:

Icy Bay School Library
PO Box 429
Yakutat, AK 99689
Phone: 784-3317
Fax: 784-3446

Yakutat School District
P.O. Box 429
Yakutat, AK 99689-0429
Phone 907-784-3317
Fax 907-784-3446

Yakutat High School
PO Box 429
Yakutat, AK 99689
Phone: 907-784-3317
Fax: 907-784-3446

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Economy:

At one time, timber was the major contributor to the local economy. However, that has changed in that commercial fisheries and fish processing has become the most important sector of the economy. Many people still live on a subsistence level using hunting, fishing, gathering and gardening for food sources.

Recreational fishing is also important to the area with sportsmen and tourists coming mostly in the summer months.

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Organizations & Groups

Greater Yakutat Chamber of Commerce

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Attractions & Other Information

World class recreational fishing has long drawn sportsmen to the area. In recent years, tourism has grown in importance as the community has sought to attract more cruise ship traffic. Large airlines, air taxis and float planes all bring in supplies, sportsmen, local residents and tourists to the area. There are two jet runways, one of concrete and one of asphalt. There is also a seaplane base nearby. Several other small air strips are in the area. The state Ferry runs during the summer months. There are no roads leading in or out of Yakutat. All access is by air or by sea.

National Park Service
Yakutat District Office
Glacier Bay NAT'L Park & Preserve
P.O. Box 137
Yakutat, Alaska 99689
907/784-3295

Lots of information on Yakutat

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