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The Alaska state capital is Juneau.
The population of Cordova is approximately 2,110 (1990), 2239 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 883 (1990), 922 (2010).
The amount of land area in Cordova is 11.969 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 5.303 sq kilometers.
The distance from Cordova to Washington DC is 3477 miles.
The distance to the Alaska state capital is 457 miles. (as the crow flies)
Cordova is positioned 60.54 degrees north of the equator and 145.74 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Cordova Community News

My Grandfather came to Alaska in 1915 to search for gold. He didn't end up finding any gold, however, he became a deputy U.S. Marshall in Cordova. Upon his return to the "48" in 1917 to go off to war, he brought home a coin that has stayed in our family for many years. This coin is a silver dollar that I would like to find out more about. The coin is like a silver dollar with a gold nugget in the center. It says on it the following: "native gold, Valdez, Alaska Copper Block Buffet". It says on one side that it is a merchandise token. No date, however, my grandfather had a newspaper clipping with this coin dated 1961 as follows: THE RAREST Alaskan token known! One dollar merchandise token, circa 1898, incribed: "native gold, Valdez Alaska, Copper Block Buffet," with small gold nugget in center. The ad in this paper says it was worth $ 450 or more in 1962. I am looking for any information on what the Copper Block Buffet was? Or by some chance to hear from someone who knows anything about these coins? It would be wonderful to find out some history on this coin. Please contact me by e-mail: Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Bob Skinner

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