in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (tawn see' nuh); a.k.a. Lower Tonsina
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Geography and Climate
- Tonsina is located at mile 79 on the Richardson Highway, south of the Tonsina River, next to Kenny Lake, 52 miles northeast of Valdez.
- Tonsina lies in the continental climate zone. Temperature extremes range from -58 to 91 °F. Annual snowfall averages 52 inches, with total precipitation of 12 inches.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- A post office, general store, and U.S. Army Signal Corps telegraph station were established here in 1902. The Tonsina Lodge was built in 1903 along the Valdez-Eagle Trail; it burned in 1928. The Tiekel Lodge and Tsaina Lodge were also built in this area. Development began during the oil era. Pump Station 12 was constructed nearby to move oil over Thompsen Pass to the pipeline terminal in Valdez.
- There is no clearly-defined community in Tonsina; it is best characterized as an occupied geographic area.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Tonsina is connected to the remainder of the state road system by the Richardson Highway. A state-owned airstrip is available at Upper Tonsina, and other airstrips are in the vicinity.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection