2nd Class City
in the Petersburg Borough
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Geography and Climate
- Kupreanof is located on the northeast shore of Kupreanof Island, across the Wrangell Narrows from Petersburg and Mitkof Island. It lies about 120 miles south of Juneau and 120 miles north of Ketchikan.
- Kupreanof is located in the maritime climate zone. Summer temperatures range 40 to 56 °F, and winter temperatures range from 27 to 43 °F. Precipitation averages 105 inches per year, with 93 inches of snow.
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History and Culture
- Early residents homesteaded in the area around the turn of the century, when it was known as West Petersburg. The first business in Kupreanof was a small sawmill started in 1911 by the Knudsen brothers. In its early years, the mill produced barrels for the salted fish that were shipped out of Petersburg. The Yukon Fur Farm began raising foxes in the early 1920s but shortly shifted to mink. It became the first mink farm in Alaska. During the 1920s, over 100 people resided in West Petersburg. In addition to the sawmill and commercial fishing operations, residents had a small store, a gaff hook factory, and several mink ranches. During the 1930s and 40s, a small ship repair facility, an outboard motor shop, commercial logging, a clam cannery, and a barrel-maker were operating. Although the Knudsen Mill and the Yukon Fur Farm continued into the 1960s, the economics of living on the island became more difficult. The population fell from 60 in 1950 to 26 in 1960. The population has since remained stable. Kupreanof was named after the island when it incorporated as a second-class city in 1975.
- Kupreanof is a small non-Native community near Petersburg. All of the homes are built on the waterfront; there are no roads. Residents use skiffs to travel to Petersburg for schooling, goods, and services.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
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- Small boats are the primary means of transportation to and from Kupreanof. Boat travel to Petersburg provides connection to that city's transportation services, including jet flights and the state ferry. Float planes can land at the government dock, but it is not a designated seaplane dock. There are no harbor facilities. Trails exist throughout the city.
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