Deltana, Alaska

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Deltana is a census-designated place (CDP) in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 1,570.



In 1904, the U.S. Army Signal Corps built the McCarty Telegraph station on a site near a roadhouse established the previous year at the confluence of the Tanana and Delta rivers. The Chisana gold strike of 1913 brought many hopeful prospectors to the area. In the 1920s, many American Bison were brought to the area, and in 1927 the name was changed to Buffalo Center.

In 1942, five miles south of Deltana, Fort Greely was constructed. Beef cattle were shipped during the 1950s, and during the 1970s the local economy was given another boost with the completion of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

In 1980, 70,000 acres (283 km²) of land were set aside as the Delta Bison Range to confine the bison and separate the expanding herd from local farmland.


Deltana is located at 63°57′50″N 145°24′32″W / 63.96389°N 145.40889°W / 63.96389; -145.40889 (63.963825, -145.408931)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 565.2 square miles (1,463.8 km²), of which, 562.2 square miles (1,456.1 km²) of it is land and 3.0 square miles (7.6 km²) of it (0.52%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,570 people, 539 households, and 417 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2.8 people per square mile (1.1/km²). There were 669 housing units at an average density of 1.2/sq mi (0.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.59% White, 1.21% Black or African American, 0.89% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 4.84% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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