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Quick Facts

  • Location: 53 ° 52' 25" N, 166 ° 32' 12" W
  • Region: Aleutians West (CA)
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  • Elevation: 13 ft (3.96 m)


Village on S shore of Unalaska Bay, Unalaska I., Aleutian Islands.

Aleut village reported as "Illyulyuk" by Lieutenant Sarichev (1826, map 14), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), on a map dated 1792. R. H. Geoghegan considers the name to be derived from the Aleut word "ilulaq," meaning "dwelling together harmonious(ly)." The village developed into the commercial center of the Aleutians in the 19th century and the name "Unalaska" derived from the island, became popular usage. The village population was 196 in 1831; 406 in 1889; 317 in 1890; 281 in 1910; 299 in 1920; 226 in 1930; 298 in 1939; and 173 in 1950. The Ounalaska post office was established in 1888; name changed to Unalaska in 1898.



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