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54 ° 52' 16" N,
132 ° 48' 11.999" W


Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA)

Nearest City



10 ft (3.05 m)

Howkan in Detail.


Site of village on NW coast of Long I., at Howkan Narrows, Alex. Arch.


Tlingit Indian name reported in 1881 by Lieutenant Commander Nichols, U.S. Navy (USN). "Howkan * * * was at one time the largest village of the Hyda (Haido) Indians in the area. All that remains to mark this site is some evidence of clearing (U. W. Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1962, p79)" This village was absorbed by the former village of Kaigani which, in turn, was abandoned when the village of Hydaburg was established in 1911 in order to centralize the school system. The Jackson post office was established at Howkan in 1882, and probably named for Sheldon Jackson, who established a mission here in 1881. The post office name was changed to Howcan in 1886, back to Jackson in 1890, and back to Howcan in 1903. In 1917 the post office was discontinued and transferred to Hydaburg (Ricks, 1937, p27). J. F. Swanton (in Hodge, 1907, p573), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE), says "Howkan a Tlingit (Indian) word probably referring to a stone which stood up in front of the town, although some derive it from "gowakon," d

Places Near Howkan



Bay Islands, McFarland Islands,


South Rocks, Triplet Rocks,


Howkan Reef, Mill Reef, Pond Rock, Shoe Rock,


Port Bazan, American Bay, Anchorage Cove, Baldy Bay, Bolles Inlet, Chickwan Bight, Cleva Bay, Coning Inlet, Datzkoo Harbor, Dova Bay, Dunbar Inlet, Elbow Bay, Essowah Harbor, Grace Harbor, Ham Cove, Kaigani Harbors, Kasook Inlet, Liscome Bay, Little Daykoo Harbor, McLeod Bay, Mission Cove, Mud Bay, Natoma Bay, Nina Cove, North Kaigani Harbor, Pond Bay, Rose Inlet, Security Cove, Shoe Inlet, South Kaigani Harbor, Touchit Cove, Vesta Bay, Wolk Harbor,


Point Bazan, Point Cornwallis, Aurora Point, Cape Magdalena, Cape Muzon, Coning Point, Corlies Point, Datzkoo Point, Dix Point, Essowah Point, Kaigani Point, Keg Point, Lime Point, Liscome Point, Luke Point, Middle Point, Natoma Point, Parrot Point, Reef Point, Rose Point, Security Point, Vesta Point, Point Webster, Wolk Point,


Howkan Narrows, Jackson Passage, Kaigani Strait,


High Point,


Sukkwan Lake,


Abalone Island, Aston Island, Bushy Island, Channel Islands, Clump Island, Crow Island, Datzkoo Islands, Daykoo Islands, Dead Pine Island, Dolgoi Island, Entrance Island, Grand Island, Grass Island, Jackson Island, Lacey Island, Long Island, Mabel Island, Mellen Rock, Parrot Rock, Reef Island, Reef Islands, Shoe Island, Square Island, West Mill Rock,


Essowah Lakes, Kasook Lake, Parrot Lake, Lake Seclusion,


Cone Mountain, Grace Mountain, Stripe Mountain, Mount Vesta,


Long Island,