in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area
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Geography and Climate
- Located on the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, Point Baker is 142 miles south of Juneau and 50 miles west of Wrangell.
- Prince of Wales Island is dominated by a cool, moist, maritime climate. Average summer temperatures range from 49 to 63 °F; winter temperatures average from 32 to 42 °F. Average annual precipitation is 120 inches, with 40 inches of snow.
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History and Culture
- Point Baker was named in 1793 by Capt. George Vancouver, who named it after the Second Lieutenant on his ship "The Discovery." The first floating fish packer came to Point Baker in 1919, and fish buying continued until the 1930s, when the Forest Service opened the area for homesites. During the 1920s and 1930s, up to 100 tents lined the harbor, occupied by hand-trollers. The first store was built in 1941, and a post office opened in 1942. In 1955, Point Baker was withdrawn from the Tongass National Forest. A floating dock was built by the state in 1961; larger docks replaced it in 1968.
- Point Baker is a small fishing community. There is no community school in Point Baker. Children are home-schooled with correspondence courses.
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Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Point Baker is accessible by float plane, helicopter, barge, and skiff. A state-owned seaplane base and heliport serve chartered flights from Ketchikan. The community has a dock and boat harbor. Barges deliver cargo from Wrangell. There is no direct access to the Prince of Wales road system, airport, or ferry.
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