in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
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Geography and Climate
- Flat is located on Otter Creek, 7 miles east of its junction with the Iditarod River. It lies 59 miles northeast of Holy Cross and 8 miles east of Iditarod, in the Kilbuck-Kuskokwim Mountains.
- The area has a cold, continental climate. Summer temperatures average 42 to 80 °F, and winters can range from -62 to 0 °F. Annual precipitation averages 67 inches, with average annual snowfall of 110 inches.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Gold was discovered in Flat on Christmas Day in 1908 by John Beaton and his associate. It became the widest pay streak ever found in Alaska. Peter Miscovich (Croatia), Lars Ostnes (Norway), and David Strandberg (Sweden) were also founding fathers and have been inducted into the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame. Flat became a mining and supply camp, first reported in 1910 by A.G. Maddren of the USGS. A tramway was built between Iditarod and Flat. A post office opened around 1912. Between 1910 and 1914, about 6,000 people moved to the community. Flat had an elementary school, a telephone system, two stores, a hotel, restaurant, pool hall, laundry, and jail. By World War I, the population had dramatically declined. The population was 158 in 1920 and 124 in 1930. By the end of World War II, only about 15 people lived there year-round. In 1937, Peter Miscovich purchased a large excavator, increasing production.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- There is no road access. The state-owned turf/gravel airstrip is 4,045' long by 90' wide.
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