Allakaket

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Quick Facts
  • Location: 66 ° 33' 56" N, 152 ° 38' 44" W
  • Region: Yukon-Koyukuk (CA)
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  • Elevation: 400 ft (121.92 m)

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About
On the S side of the confluence of the Alatna River with the Koyukuk River, approximately 34 mi SW of Bettles and 0.5 mi E of the village of Alatna, Kanuti Flats.

History
Koyukuk Indian name meaning "mouth of the Alatna (River)," borrowed in 1906 by Archdeacon Stuck (1914, p. 70). He wrote "I was again impressed with the eligibility of that spot as a mission site. It was but ten miles above the present native village (Moses Village), and with church and school established, the whole population would sooner or later move to it. Moreover, the Alatna River is the highway between the Kobuk and the Koyukuk * * *. I foresaw two villages, * * * one clustered about the church (Allakaket; Indian) * * * the other lower down on the opposite side of the river. (Alatna; Eskimo) * * * so I staked a mission site * * * almost opposite the mouth of the Alatna, which, in the native tongue, is 'Allakaket' or 'Allachaket'." A post office was originally established in 1925 as Alatna, but it was changed to Allakaket in 1938 (Ricks 1965, p. 3).

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