in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area
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- Current Population
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- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (chis'' toe chee' nuh)
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Geography and Climate
- Chistochina is located at mile 32.7 on the Tok Cutoff to the Glenn Highway, 42 miles northeast of Glennallen. Sinona Creek, Bolder Creek, Chistochina River, and Copper River surround the village.
- The climate in Chistochina is continental, characterized by long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Total annual precipitation averages 13 inches, with annual snowfall averaging 61 inches. Temperature extremes from a low of -62 to a high of 91 °F have been recorded.
- Community Map Available
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Chistochina began as an Ahtna fish camp and stopover place for traders and trappers. The village access road later became part of the Valdez-Eagle Trail, constructed by miners during the gold rush to the Eagle area in 1897. Chistochina Lodge was built as a roadhouse for prospectors. The trail was used for construction of U.S. Army Signal Corps telegraph lines from Valdez to Eagle between 1901 and 1904. Gold was mined along the upper Chistochina River and its runoff creeks. The area was settled by homesteaders, although it has remained a traditional Native village.
- Chistochina is the most traditional of all Copper River Athabascan Indian villages. Subsistence activities are a crucial component of lifestyle in the village.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Cheesh-Na Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Chistochina is accessible year-round by the Glenn and Richardson Highways via the Tok Cutoff. Small aircraft may land at a state-owned turf/gravel airstrip.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
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