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Three Books on Alatna

This week our “Three Books on …” series takes us to the community of Alatna. Here is a description of Alatna’s location and climate from the Alaska Communities Database:

Alatna is on the north bank of the Koyukuk river, southwest of its junction with the Alatna River, approximately 190 air miles northwest of Fairbanks and 57 miles upriver from Hughes. Alatna lies just west of the municipal boundaries of the City of Allakaket. The community lies at approximately 66.566920° North Latitude and -152.666390° West Longitude. (Sec. 33, T021N, R024W, Fairbanks Meridian.) Alatna is located in the Fairbanks Recording District. The area experiences a cold, continental climate with extreme temperature differences. The average high temperature during July is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The average low during January is well below zero, and extended periods of -40 degrees Fahrenheit are common. The highest temperature ever recorded was 94 degrees Fahrenheit and the lowest temperature ever recorded was -75 degrees Fahrenheit. Average annual precipitation is 13 inches and average annual snowfall is 72 inches. The Koyukuk River is ice-free from June through October.

Looking through WorldCat, we find these three books with Alatna as a subject, among others:

Arundale, Wendy Hanford, Eliza Jones, Johnson Moses, Oscar Nictune, Lee Simon, Susie Williams, William William, et al. 1997. Allakaket-Alatna Native Place Names Collection.

Nictune, Oscar. 1980. Oscar Nictune, Sr., Alatna. Alaska series, 2. North Vancouver, B.C.: Hancock House.

Smith, Philip S. 1912. The Alatna-Noatak Region Alaska. Mineral resources of Alaska, 1911. Washington, D.C.: G.P.O.

Join us next week as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Alcan Border.

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