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The Alaska state capital is Juneau.


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Zip Codes

99921

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Craig is approximately 1,500 (2000), 1201 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 504 (1990), 470 (2010).

The amount of land area in Craig is 15.3 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 6.829 sq kilometers.
The distance from Craig to Washington DC is 2938 miles. The distance to the Alaska state capital is 204 miles. (as the crow flies)
Craig is positioned 55.48 degrees north of the equator and 133.12 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Location

Craig location: on the west side of Prince of Wales Island in southern southeast Alaska. Craig is the largest town on Prince of Wales Island and provides most services needed. It is located on the main paved highway 30 miles west of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry terminal at Hollis. This island is the third largest island in the United States! The two larger islands are Kodiak Island and the big island of Hawaii. To the south of Prince of Wales Island lies British Columbia, Canada. To the west is the Pacific Ocean. The island, itself, is only 140 miles long from north to south and the average width is about 30 miles.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Craig is cool and moist
The weather in Craig is usually cool and comfortable. Craig usually has plenty of rain. July is usually the driest month and November the wettest of the year, though every month has rain.
Craig average annual rainfall is 60-220 inches per year
The average winter temperature is 30's to low 50's degrees F.
The average summer temperature is high 50's to high 70's degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

Craig history:

The early history of the area included an Indian camp, used when the tribe gathered herring eggs. A saltery was opened in the early 1900's. Not long after, Craig Millar, the town's namesake, founded Craig.

Craig is located on Prince of Wales Island in southern southeast Alaska. This island is the third largest island in the United States! The two larger islands are Kodiak Island and the big island of Hawaii. To the south of Prince of Wales Island lies British Columbia, Canada. To the west is the Pacific Ocean. The island, itself, is only 140 miles long from north to south and the average width is about 30 miles.

History for Prince of Wales Island:

The island has a long history from at least 8,000 years ago. The Haida lived in the southern third of the island about 300 years ago. The northern portion was inhabited by three Tlingit kwans (or tribes). The Haida and Tlingit people were very different, but both highly developed.

The Europeans first came here in 1775 with the arrival of Don Juan Francisco Bodega Quadra of Spain. Soon after came the British explorers. Captain James Cook and Captain George Vancouver both explored the area in the late 1700's. Vancouver charted much of the area. Wide-spread commercialism did not really begin until the 1800's. The mainstays of that economy were fishing, mining and logging. With the addition of tourism, they remain much the same today. Among the ores mined on the island were gold, silver, zinc, lead uranium and palladium.
The incorporation date of Craig: 1922

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Attractions

Craig attractions:

4th of July Celebration
3 days of activities include races, booths, and fireworks (July 3rd)

The Prince of Wales Island International Marathon - held each Memorial Day Weekend in May.

Three Craft Bazaars - Spring, Thanksgiving weekend, early December

Craig-Klawock King Salmon Derby

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Economy & Industry

Craig economy: fishing, timber, tourism, government and retail services.
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