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Dillingham

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Location

59 ° 2' 23" N,
158 ° 27' 27" W

Region

Dillingham (CA)

Elevation

102 ft (31.09 m)

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population 424, on S coast of Snag Point at head of Nushagak Bay, 360 mi. SW of Anchorage, Bristol Bay Low.


History

Named in 1904 for William Paul Dillingham, 1843-1923, Governor of Vermont, 1888-90 and U.S. Senator, 1903-23. In 1903, Dillingham conducted an extensive tour with his Senate subcommittee through Alaska. This was the first comprehensive investigation of Alaska by a Congressional committee, and Senators Dillingham and Nelson became for many years the Senate's authorities on Alaska. This location was originally occupied by a Eskimo village recorded as "Ah-lek-nug-uk," by Ivan Petroff in the 1880 Census and as "Kanakanak" in the 1890 Census; it was also known as "Chogim." The post office of Killingham was extablished on Snag Point in 1904, (Ricks, 1965, p. "Nelsonville," 3 miles to the SW. About 1944 the name "Dillingham" was transferred to this site. Dillingham is now the principal settlement and sourc e