YAKUTAT BOROUGH - SURFING CAPITAL OF ALASKA (REALLY!)
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original settlers in the Yakutat area are believed to have been Eyak-speaking
people from the Copper River area. Tlingits migrated into the area and assimilated
the Eyaks before the arrival of Europeans in Alaska. Yakutat was only one
of a number of Tlingit and mixed Tlingit-Eyak settlements in the region,
although all the others have been depopulated or abandoned.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, English, French, Spanish and Russian explorers came to the region. The Russian-American Company built a fort in Yakutat in 1805 to facilitate trade in sea otter pelts. When the Russians cut off access to the fisheries nearby, a Tlingit war party attacked and destroyed the fort.
By 1886, after the Alaska Purchase by the United States, the black sand beaches in the area were being mined for gold. In 1889 the Swedish Free Mission Church opened a school and sawmill in the area. A cannery, another sawmill, a store and a railroad were constructed from 1903 by the Stimson Lumber Company. Many people moved to the current site of Yakutat to be closer to the Stimpson cannery, which operated through 1970. During World War II, the USAAF stationed a large aviation garrison near Yakutat and built a paved runway. The troops were withdrawn after the war but the runway is still in use as Yakutat Airport, which offers scheduled airline service.
Fishing is currently the largest economic activity in Yakutat. Yakutat Tlingit Tribe (YTT) received a Language Preservation Grant from the Administration for Native Americans in 2004. With this, they have reinvigorated their efforts to teach the Tlingit language to middle-aged and young people. YTT received another ANA grant in 2007 and is expanding its role in the schools. All the YTT Tlingit language revitalization work focuses on using communicative approaches to second language teaching, such as TPR and ASLA. While working at a local cannery from 1912 to 1941, Seiki Kayamori extensively photographed Yakutat and its area. A large set of prints of his work is held by Yakutat City Hall.
Yakutat was incorporated at a unified city-borough on September 22, 1992. Until this time, it had been part of the Skagway-Yakutat-Angoon Census Area, which was afterwards renamed to Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area. Source: Wikipedia
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|AIRCRAFT OWNERSHIP||Owners of all aircraft in Yakutat Borough|
|ARCHIVES - AK GENWEB PROJECT||Courtesy of Sherri Bradley and Tina Vickery|
|BIBLIOGRAPHY||Under development. Please submit any good local history sources that you are aware of.|
|BIOGRAPHIES||New! Please submit any Yakutat - related biographies here.|
|BOAT OWNERSHIP||Owners of all boats registered in Yakutat Borough|
|CEMETERIES & FUNERAL HOMES||Ankau Cemetery|
Chief Situk Grave
59.4519444 Longitude(DEC) -139.5697222
Latitude(DMS) 592707N Longitude(DMS) 1393411W
Map Name Yakutat B-5
Taken from the Social Security Death Index.
Stiner, Juneau Recorder
PO Box 111013
Juneau, AK 99811-1013
400 Willoughby Ave 3rd Floor
Juneau, AK 99801
RECORDING DISTRICT COVERS THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Admiralty Cove * Amalga Mine * Angoon * Auke Bay * Barge * Bartlett Cove * Berners Bay * Camp Shaheen * Cape Spencer * Comet * Dotsons Landing * Douglas * Dry Bay * Dundas Bay * Dupont * Eldred Rock * Entrance Island * Entrance Sound * Excursion Inlet * Fivefingers L.S. * Funter * Gambler * Glacier Island * Gustavus * Harbor Island * Hasselborg Homestead * Hawk Inlet * Hood Bay * Jualin * Juneau * Killisnoo * Knudson's Ranch * Pt. Retreat * Sawyers Landing * Situk * Snettisham (Aband) * St. Therese Island * Sumdum (Aband) * Sunset Cove * Taku Glacier * Taku Harbor * Taku Lodge * Tee Harbor * Thane * Treadwell * William Henry Bay * Windham * Yakutat
|EARTHQUAKES OF 1899|
|FAMILY HISTORY CENTER (MORMON)||Yakutat
Family History Center
Hours: Th 6:30-10pm
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|MAPS - CULTURAL||Awesome map of location of Native Americans in Southern Alaska, courtesy of W. "Bill" Jones of Stratford, Florida|
|Smithsonian map of location of Native Americans in Alaska.|
|MAPS - GEOGRAPHICAL||Nice collection of Alaska maps to help you with your research|
|A great place to start your search.|
|NEWSPAPERS - HISTORICAL||Information on what newspapers were available and for which periods of time.|
|NEWSPAPERS - CURRENT||Sealaska Corporation - a native corporation|
|OBITUARIES/DEATH NOTICES||Please feel free to submit any obits that you may have access to.|
Children in Yakutat Tell Oral Histories
Summary by Julia O'Malley
|PHOTOS||Under development. Feel free to submit photos for posting.|
|PROBATE AND COURT RECORDS|
|QUERY / MESSAGE BOARDS||These have been upgraded and combined with the Ancestry Boards. Post/View queries, bios, bible records, deeds, obits, pensions, and wills here. These are a valuable resource and all genealogists need to learn how to use them.|
|RAILROADS||Yep! Yakutat has a railroad even though totally surrounded by glaciers and the sea. Read this fascinating story of the Yakutat and Southern Railroad.|
and Borough of Yakutat
PO BOX 160
Yakutat, AK 99689-0160
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|UPDATED!||TIMELINE OF ALASKA HISTORY||A brief timeline to help you figure out what happened and when.|
|TOWNS, VILLAGES & POPULATED PLACES|
|Located on USGS Yakutat B-5 map.|
Tlingit Indian village; the principal winter village of the Yakutats,
a subtribe of the Tlingits, reported by Ivan Petroff in the 1880 Census.
Its population was 500 in 1880, 300 in 1890, 271 in 1910; 165 in 1920;
265 in 1930; 292 in 1939, and 298 in 1950. The Yakitat post office was
established in 1892 and discontinued in 1895. It was reestablished as
"Yakutat" in 1901 (Ricks, 1965, p. 72). Description: population
230, on W end of Monti Bay, 210 mi. NW of Juneau, Malaspina Coastal Plain.
Touristy Description: Hang ten, dude! Alaska has more coastline than any other state in the country, but the last thing most people associate with it is surfing. Not any more. As a result of a Surfer magazine cover story on surfing in Alaska, the states first surf shop opened in Yakutat in 1999. That caught the attention of other national media and suddenly this small, isolated town, up to that point known only for big steelhead and a big glacier, was Surf City Alaska.
Isolated on the strand that connects the Inside Passage to the rest of Alaska, Yakutat is now something of a tourist destination. Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in the world, is a mere is 30 miles away. The 76-mile-long glacier captured national attention by galloping across Russell Fjord in the mid-1980s, turning the long inlet into a lake. Eventually Hubbard receded to reopen the fjord, but the glacier did it again in 2002 and came close in 2008. The eight-mile-wide glacier is easily Alaska's most active. The entire area, part of the 545-square-mile Russell Fjord Wilderness, is one of the most interesting places in Alaska and usually visited through flightseeing or boat tours.
Life in Yakutat is rich with the culture of the Native people of the area. Here the elders share their knowledge and wisdom through storytelling in the local community gathering place. Hear their story and see the traditional dress regalia of the Tlingit people.
For fishermen, there are 12 U.S. Forest Service cabins. Many are near rivers and lakes that are renowned, even by Alaska standards, among sport fishers for their trophy salmon, steelhead trout and Dolly Varden. The Situk River, 12 miles south of town by road, is often rated as one of Alaska's top fishing spots. The U.S. Forest Service Yakutat Ranger District Office (907-784-3359) can provide information on seasons, rivers, cabin rentals and local fishing guides.
|VITAL RECORDS||Contact the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics|
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