Slana, Alaska

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Slana (pronounced /ˈslænə/) is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the CDP was 124.



Slana is an Alaska Native village name, derived from the river's name. The Nabesna Mine opened in 1923, which employed 60 people at its height. Over thirty different minerals were extracted from this site, although gold was the primary source of profit. It operated sporadically through the late 1940s. Slana developed rapidly in the 1980s when homesteads were offered for settlement by the federal government.

Geography and climate

Slana is located at 62°42′25″N 143°57′40″W / 62.70694°N 143.96111°W / 62.70694; -143.96111Coordinates: 62°42′25″N 143°57′40″W / 62.70694°N 143.96111°W / 62.70694; -143.96111[1] (Sec. 29, T011N, R008E, Copper River Meridian) in the Chitina Recording District.

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