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Welcome to Alaska!

Facts about Alaska Alaska


  • Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
  • Alaska is the largest state in the union (1/5 of the entire USA) and is twice as big as Texas, and is larger than all but 18 countries of the world.
  • Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
  • The largest Salmon ever caught was at the Kenai River, weighing in at 97.5 pounds.
  • At 20,320 feet above sea level, Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska's interior, is the highest point in North America.
  • Alaska's name is based on the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning great lands or peninsula.
  • In 1926 13-year-old Bennie Benson from Cognac, Alaska designed the state flag.
  • Alaska is located 55 miles east of Russia.
  • Alaskan Kodiak and Polar Bears can grow to 1,400 pounds and 11 feet tall. Moose can grow to 1,350 pounds, 5 feet high to shoulder with an antlers span of 72 inches.
  • Alaska has 33,000 miles of coastline (more than the entire "lower 48" states put together). Alaska is the only state to have coastline on 3 different seas -- the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea.


Cordova, AK

cordovamapCordova is a small fishing community located at the southeastern end of Prince William Sound in South Central Alaska. Cordova can only be reached by plane or ferry. The Copper River Highway extends 36 miles outside of town. The bridge that accesses the Million Dollar Bridge and Child's Glacier was washed out and will most likely not be re-built until 2015.


Things to do outside:

Cordova is a haven for any outdoor enthusiast. Hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, skiing, four wheeling, boating (including kayaking and canoeing) and berry picking opportunities abound year round. Check out the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for hunting and fishing regulations. See the U.S. Forest Service for information on the numerous hiking trails and rental cabins as well as flora and fauna.

fishing sunrise

The Ice Worm Festival is celebrated in February with great fanfare. It is a great break during winter with a parade, contests and a Miss Ice Worm. In May, the Shorebird Festival celebrates around 14 million birds as they transit back to Alaska from their southern hiatus. The Copper River Wild Salmon Festival in July celebrates the beginning of the salmon runs (there are five species) and includes food, music and a marathon.

Things to do inside:

All members and dependents are free to use the Bidarki gym (Council & 2nd St.) and the Korn Memorial swimming pool (near City Hall/AC Value Center). The Library and museum are on 1st street. If you enjoy crafts, there are several craft stores in town. Although there is not a commercial movie theater, movies are shown periodically as fundraisers or through the Library. There are also various places in town where you can rent DVDs.


Cordova receives about 170 inches of precipitation each year, half of which is snowfall. This is a very wet place. It is important to note that during the winter you can go from snow to sleet to rain and back to snow all in one day! Bring good wet weather, layered coats, waterproof gloves etc. Also, it can be very icy in the winter so you may want to bring 'grippers' for your feet. Temperatures average in the winter between 15 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit and in the summer between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter, it can get pretty dry with humidity dropping to 30% inside, so you may want to bring a humidifier for your bedroom.

sheridan glacier


Cordova Times: (907)424-7181. KLAM/KCDV Radio: (907)424-3796. There is also the "scanner" TV channel 6 where almost anything going on in town is posted.


"Keeper of the Sound"
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