Information About

Wrangell

Quick Facts

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Location

56 ° 28' 15" N,
132 ° 22' 36" W

Region

Wrangell

Elevation

69 ft (21.03 m)

Uses

Wrangell in Detail.

About

population 18315, on N coast of Wrangell I., Alex Arch.

History

Wrangell began as a stockade built by the Russians occupying the island in 1834 to prevent encroachment by the Hudson's Bay Company traders "(Bridgwater and Sherwood, 1950, p. 2,175). It was called "Red(ut) Sv (ataya) Dionisiya, "meaning" "Redoubt (fort) Saint Dionysius," by the Russian Hydrographic Dept. on Chart 1396 published in 1848. In 1839 the Russians leased part of Southeast Alaska to the British who changed the name military post, called "Fort Wrangell," was established here; it was abandoned in 1877. "Fort Wrangell" post office was established in 1869; changed to Wrangell in 1902 (Ricks, 1965, p. 21, 72). Because of its location Wrangell became an important supply point for fur traders and miners beginning with the Stikine gold rush in 1861 (Alaska Sportsman, 1962, no. 12, p. 30). The population in 1890 was 316; 1000 (est.) in 1938; 948 in 1945; and 1,162 in 1950. Wrangell's ecoonomy today is dominated by the fishing and lumbering industries, maintaining three canneries and two l

Places Near Wrangell
Bars:

City of Topeka Rock, Koknuk Flats,

Bays:

Circle Bay, King George Bay, Shoemaker Bay,

Capes:

Point Madan, Point Rothsay, Point Shekesti, Point Ancon, Point Highfield, Babbler Point, Blaquiere Point, Cemetery Point, East Point, Garnet Ledge, Gerard Point, Green Point, Hooligan Point, Nemo Point, Polk Point, Reef Point, Wedge Point, Woronkofski Point,

Channels:

Chichagof Pass, Dry Strait, Eastern Passage, North Arm,

Cities:

Wrangell,

Dams:

Wrangell Lower Dam, Wrangell Upper Dam,

Hills:

Dewey Hill,

Islands:

The Eye Opener, Andrew Island, Channel Island, Cottonwood Islands, Deadmans Island, The Desert, Drag Island, Dry Island, Etolin Island, Farm Island, Fivemile Island, Greys Island, Hat Island, Hidden Island, Kadin Island, Liesnoi Island, Limb Island, Little Dry Island, Pocket Island, Rynda Island, Sergief Island, Sokolof Island, Summit Island, Woronkofski Island, Wrangell Island, Young Rock,

Lakes:

Kunk Lake, Pats Lake, Sunrise Lake, Virginia Lake,

Mountains:

Ancon Peak, Bessie Peak, Chichagof Peak, East Mountain, Elephants Nose, Favor Peak, Garnet Mountain, Red Mountain, Mount Rynda, Sunrise Peak, Sunset Peak, Mount Woronkofski, Wrangell Peak,

Mountain Passes:

Andrew Slough, Binkleys Slough, Knig Slough,

Rivers:

Stikine River,

Streams:

Andrew Creek, Crittenden Creek, Garnet Creek, Government Creek, Hooligan Slough, Institute Creek, Kunk Creek, McCormack Creek, Mill Creek, North Arm Creek, Pat Creek, Salamander Creek, South Fork Andrew Creek,

Waterfalls:

Rainbow Falls,