Flat, Alaska

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Flat is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population of the CDP is 4. According to the United States Census Bureau, it is one of only 6 places in the United States with a population of four people. The others are Blacksville, Georgia, Northwest Hancock, Maine, Township 157-30, Minnesota, Victory Township, Minnesota, and Bean's Purchase, New Hampshire.

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History

Prospectors John Beaton and W.A. Dikeman discovered gold on Otter Creek on 25 December 1908. News of the discovery spread slowly, but a some miners arrived in the summer of 1909 and built a small camp they called Flat City. More gold was discovered on nearby Flat Creek and more miners arrived in 1910.[1] Beaton, Peter Miscovich, Lars Ostnes, and David Strandberg were prominent early arrivals who mined successfully long after the initial "boomtown" faded. By 1914, the community had grown to about 6,000 people, complete with an elementary school, a telephone system, two stores, a hotel, restaurant, pool hall, laundry and jail. However, by 1930, the population had declined to 124. No plat was filed for Flat, and the town site rests on mining claims, so the existence of Flat may contravene the law, but the U.S. Post Office acknowledged the community and served its few residents with an office until the year 2000.

Geography

Flat is located at 62°27′15″N 158°0′30″W / 62.45417°N 158.00833°W / 62.45417; -158.00833 (62.454135, -158.008284),[2] 7 miles southeast of Iditarod.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 161.1 square miles (417.2 km²), of which, 161.1 square miles (417.2 km²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4 people, 1 household, and 1 family residing in the town. The population density was 0.0 people per square mile (0.0/km²). There were 3 housing units at an average density of 0.0/sq mi (0.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 100.00% White.

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