Saxman, Alaska

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Saxman is a city on Revillagigedo Island in Ketchikan Gateway Borough in southeastern Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 431. The city of Ketchikan lies just to its northwest.



Saxman is located at 55°19′14″N 131°35′54″W / 55.32056°N 131.59833°W / 55.32056; -131.59833 (55.320557, -131.598364).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.

It was named after Professor S. A. Saxman, which has no ties to the newly founded city. The Hehl (Xel/Xehl) tribe already had people living there, the Starrish family from Loring. The Starrish's are members of the Foam Tribe (Xel qoan).

In 1917, there were only three houses on the location in what would become modern Saxman. The Saanya Kwan, commonly referred to as Cape Fox People, were living in what was known as Old Indian Town in Ketchikan. Alaska Digital Archives has preserved the photos of Saxman in 1917 in which no Natives had been shown to have lived or were living there.

During WW2, the Saanya Kwan were forced to move to move to what would become Saxman by War Powers Act.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 431 people, 127 households, and 90 families residing in the city. The population density was 431.5 people per square mile (166.4/km²). There were 146 housing units at an average density of 146.2/sq mi (56.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 28.07% White, 0.46% Black or African American, 66.13% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, and 4.64% from two or more races. 2.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 127 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 21.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.57.

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