Craig, Alaska

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Craig is a first-class[8] city in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area in the Unorganized BoroughA[›] in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 1,397 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Craig is the largest town on Prince of Wales Island, the fourth largest island in the USA.[3] Craig is approximately 56 miles (90 km) by air northwest of Ketchikan and 220 miles (350 km) south of Juneau.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24.3 km²), of which, 6.7 square miles (17.3 km²) of it is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it (28.94%) is water.

History

Originally, Craig's townsite was a temporary fishing camp, used for gathering herring eggs.[9]

Name

Craig was named after Craig Miller (also spelled Millar) who established a fish saltery on nearby Fish Egg Island in 1907[9] with the assistance of the local Haida natives who moved onto Prince of Wales Island, being driven from Haida Gwaii (British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands) starting in the 18th century.[3][10] Craig Miller constructed a cold storage plant and packing company at the present site of Craig,[3] and in 1922 was instrumental in the incorporation of the city (originally as an Alaska second-class[8] city within the Alaska Territory, pre-statehood).

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