Port Clarence, Alaska

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Port Clarence is a census-designated place (CDP) in Nome Census Area, Alaska. The population was 21 at the 2000 census. It is located on the spit separating the bay of Port Clarence from the Bering Strait.

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History

Missionary Sheldon Jackson's greatest success with his reindeer project was at Port Clarence, which figured in the Overland Expedition in 1897 to save marooned whalers near Point Barrow.

During the 1898-1899 gold rush in Nome, smaller quantities of both gold and high-grade tin were mined in Port Clarence.[1]

The Harriman Alaska Expedition visited Port Clarence in 1899, making a photographic record of Alaska Natives.[2]

In 1900, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey charted the coastline.[3]

The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned a 1350 ft. (411.48 metre) tall LORAN-C tower in 1961. It was the tallest structure in Alaska until its demolition in 2010.[4]Video posted April 29, 2010.[5]

Geography

Port Clarence is located at 65°15′58″N 166°51′10″W / 65.26611°N 166.85278°W / 65.26611; -166.85278 (65.265974, -166.852765)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.4 km²), of which, 35.5 square miles (91.8 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) of it (2.74%) is water.

Demographics

From 1961-2010 Port Clarence was a LORAN-C station administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.[7] The LORAN-C Program was terminated Feb. 8, 2010.[8]

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