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Founded 1799
Incorporated December 2, 1971



Sitka, a unified city-borough, is located on the west coast of Baranof Island fronting the Pacific Ocean, in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle) on Sitka Sound. An extinct volcano, Mount Edgecumbe, rises 3,200 feet above the community. It is 95 air miles southwest of Juneau, and 185 miles northwest of Ketchikan. Seattle, Washington lies 862 air miles to the south. The community lies at approximately 57.053060° North Latitude and -135.330000° (West) Longitude. (Sec. 36, T055S, R063E, Copper River Meridian.) Sitka is located in the Sitka Recording District. The area encompasses 2,874.0 sq. miles of land and 1,937.5 sq. miles of water. January temperatures range from 23 to 35; summers vary from 48 to 61. Average annual precipitation is 96 inches, including 39 inches of snowfall. Sitka is the state's fourth-largest city in terms of population and the nation's largest city in terms of area.


A view of Sitka's Crecent Harbor, Indian River valley
and, in the background, The Sisters.
Picture from wikipedia.org

totem pole

Haida
Totem Pole
from Library
of Congress

   
The name Sitka (derived from Sheet’ká, a contraction of the Tlingit name Shee At'iká) means "People on the Outside of Shee," Sheet’-ká X'áat'l (often expressed simply as Shee) being the Tlingit name for Baranof Island. The town is sometimes referred to as "Sitka-by-the-Sea."
[Info from Alaska Division of Community Advocacy and wikipedia.org]

 

 

 

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Website Updates:
08 Sept 2014:
Miscellaneous News Stories: Sitka Chinese Population
May 2013: bios for JOYCE, PHILLIPS
May 2012: Bios for BEHRENDS, BRADY, BOND, DAVIS, JACKSON, JOHNSON, KNAPP, MORRIS, ROWE; History of Sitka. Book online: The Story of Sitka, The Historic Outpost of the Northwest Coast; obits for SOKOLOFF, STEWART, STOYMETS, TRIERSCHILD, ROBINSON, SCHWANTES, SEMAR, SERGIUS, MCCONAHY, MILLS, PATTON, PAVLOFF, POPE, HART, HENRY, HOLMES, KEFFELER, KOSTROMETINOF, KYRAGE, LLOYD, MAGNUSEN, AARON, ALBERTONE, BARRON,. BRADY, CASSIDY, CREMER, DELMO, DOUGLAS, FAULCKNER, HAIN, HALEY; 1900 Census for Marine Barracks and the Industrial Training School; Marriage and Birth Announcements
Previous Updates:
Newspaper Items - COWEN/DENNISON;
Newspaper story of folks travelling from Sitka; History - Sitka National Cemetery Burials

 



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Adjacent boroughs and census areas
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Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska - northeast
Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area, Alaska - southeast

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