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Kaltag History, Alaska

Kaltag History isn’t full of many famous historical events considering the fact that it didn’t ever get the chance to gain that national recognition most of the towns of the United States received. Same is the reason why this village is still not experiencing growth. In this travel guide for Kaltag History we will list some of the reasons for the formation of this small village.

Kaltag History - First Steps Towards its Formation

During its initial years this land was being used as a cemetery for the surrounding villages and was part of Koyokon Athabascan (also spelled as Athabaskan and also famous by the name of Dene) Area which was a huge group of indigenous locals of Northern America.

During those days this city was located on the old portage trail that stretched through the mountains to the city of Unalakleet. People of Athabascan groups used to organize various camps in this area thus increasing the importance of this piece of land. Around twelve summer fish camps were organized on the sides of River Yukon and in between River Koyukuk and River Nowitna.

Kaltag History - Growth

It was right after the purchase of Alaska that a military telegraph line which was connecting major regions of United States was laid on the northern side of the River Yukon thus increasing the importance of this village. It was around the year 1880 when a trading post was also launched in this city. The city also experienced a heavy gold rush between 1884 and 1885. This was the time when many businessmen entered the village but soon left once all the gold was mined. Around 46 steam boats were used to transfer gold during those days.

Kaltag History - Kaltag Hit by Epidemics

In 1839 smallpox epidemic hit this village killing a huge number of people. In 1900 measles hit the city and food shortage occurred thus killing around one third of the total population. It took time but again the village was re-established when people from the nearby village were moved to this area.

Kaltag History - Airport

It was during the 1960s when the village was gifted with its own airport though its population wasn’t very large, similar to the population in Nulato. As a result the number of tourist increased, but the village is still craving for that national recognition which would help it grow.

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