Shakan (historical) in Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough AK


Shakan (historical) - Cultural Feature (Locale) in Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough

Shakan (historical) is a cultural feature (locale) in Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough. The primary coordinates for Shakan (historical) places it within the 99921 ZIP Code delivery area.

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Feature Name: Shakan (historical)
Category: Alaska physical, cultural and historic features
Feature Type: Cultural
Class: Locale
Description: at head of Shakan Bay E of Hamilton I., on NW coast of Kosciusko I., Alex. Arch.
History: Former Indian village that "grew up in 1879 around a sawmill established by Oliver Fontain and was known at the time as 'Oliver's Place'" (Colby, 1945, p. 145). The summer village of the Henya tribe of Tlingit Indians, who came here for fish eggs (Hodge, 1910, p. 520), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Shakan post office was established in 1886; discontinued in 1936 (Ricks, 1965, p. 57). In 1890, with a population of 38, the village included the sawmill and about 12 houses (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1893, p. 34). The population was 19 in 1930, but only one person was reported to have been living there in 1938 (Colby, 1945, p. 145). The name "Shakan" is probably derived from the name of the Tlingit chief, Ceks, or Shakes, with the ending "an," meaning "village." See Kah Shakes, village.
Borough: Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough
Latitude: 56.1388893127
Longitude: -133.461669922
GNIS ID: 1414612
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