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Quick Facts

  • Location: 66 ° 53' 54" N, 162 ° 35' 48" W
  • Region: Northwest Arctic
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  • Elevation: 20 ft (6.1 m)


population 1,290, on NW shore of Baldwin Peninsula, Kotzebue-Kobuk Low.

Established as a permanent Eskimo village when a reindeer station was located here about 1897. Prior to then, it was a summer fish camp, first mentioned by Lieutenant Zagoskin (1847, pt. 1, p. 74), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), who recorded the name as "Kikikhtagyut." The 1880 Census lists the name as "Kikiktagamute," with a population of 200. "Kotzebue" a post office was established in 1899; the name was derived from Kotzebue Sound. A Society of Friends mission was founded the same year. The population was 193 in 1910; 230 in 1920; 291 in 1930; 372 in 1940; and 623 in 1950.



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