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The Alaska state capital is Juneau.
The population of Valdez is approximately 4,486 (1997), 3976 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,499 (1990), 1573 (2010).
The amount of land area in Valdez is 566.737 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 141.453 sq kilometers.
The distance from Valdez to Washington DC is 3516 miles.
The distance to the Alaska state capital is 489 miles. (as the crow flies)
Valdez is positioned 61.08 degrees north of the equator and 146.30 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Valdez average temperature is (summer) 60s-70s (winter) 20's degrees F.


305 miles from Anchorage and 365 miles from Fairbanks via the all weather Richardson and Glenn highways.
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Valdez, the perfect year-round destination
Come Celebrate Our Gold Rush Centennial

Alaska's Flag, may it mean to you, The blue of the sea, the evening sky, The mountain lakes and the flow'rs nearby, The gold of the early sourdough dreams, The precious gold of the hills and streams
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Valdez Historical Events

The Gold Rush Centennial - The Women of the Valdez Gold Rush of 1898

Valdez 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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