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The Alaska state capital is Juneau.

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The population of Holy Cross is approximately 206 (2004), 178 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 93 (2000), 64 (2010).

The amount of land area in Holy Cross is 81.043 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Holy Cross is 31.3 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 15.922 sq kilometers.
The distance from Holy Cross to Washington DC is 4109 miles. The distance to the Alaska state capital is 990 miles. (as the crow flies)
Holy Cross is positioned 62.18 degrees north of the equator and 159.79 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Holy Cross location: in the Alaskan Interior about 40 miles northwest of Aniak. It is on the west bank of ghost Creek Slough off the Yukon River.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Holy Cross is continental with cold winters and warm summers. Temperatures range from an extreme low of -62 to a high of 93.
Holy Cross average annual precipitation is 19 inches per year.
Holy Cross average annual snowfall is 79.4 inches per year.
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Holy Cross history:

The area was first known as Anilukhtakpak when it was visited by Russian explorers. Later, in 1880, it was known as Askhomute. About this time, a Catholic mission and school were started. Ingalik Indians came to the Holy Cross mission for the school there. The first post office in 1999 was named Koserefsky. Finally, in 1912, the name was changed to Holy Cross after the Mission. The area was quite remote, only receiving mail 2-3 times each year. In the mid 1900s, the course of the river changed creating the slough on which the community is situated. The boarding school at the mission closed in 1956 and the mission and other buildings were eventually torn down.
The incorporation date of Holy Cross: 1968

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Holy Cross attractions:

The only transportation into Holy Cross is by air and boat. There is an airstrip here along with many boats for fishing, recreation and subsistence. Some local roads are used by recreational vehicles and dog teams.

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Economy & Industry

Holy Cross economy: seasonal with most work occurring during the summer season. Local residents use hunting, fishing, trapping and gardening to live.
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