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  • Location: 65 ° 36' 33" N, 168 ° 5' 15" W
  • Region: Nome (CA)
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  • Elevation: 26 ft (7.92 m)


population 128, at mouth of Village Creek on coast of Cape Prince of Wales at W end of Seward Peninsula, Kotzebue-Kobuk Low

In August 1826 Captain Beechey (1831, p. 291), NR, wrote "At this last metioned cape (Cape Prince of Wales), they (Eskimo) placed a village, called Iden-noo; and a little way inland another, named King-a-ghee, which was their own winter residence." In 1827 (ibid p. 540) he recorded the spellings "Ei-dan-noo" and "King-a-ghe", and noted (ibid p. 543), "These were some of the most cleanly and well dressed people we had seen anywhere on the coast. Their residence was at King-a-ghe---a place which, must be important among the Esquimaux (sic) villages upon the coast." Captain E.E. Smith, U.S. Revenue-Cutter Service (USRCS), reported "Kingigamute,: population 400, in the 1880 Census. The 1890 Census listed a population of 488. In 1890 the American Missionary Association of the Congregational Church established a mission (Brooks, 1901, p. 23), and in 1894 a U.S. Government reindeer station was organized. Wales post office was established in 1902 (Ricks, 1965, p. 69). The population in 1910 was 337; in 1920, 136; in



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