in the Kenai Peninsula Borough
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Geography and Climate
- Cooper Landing is at the west end of Kenai Lake on a stretch of the Sterling Highway, 30 miles northwest of Seward in the Chugach Mountains.
- January temperatures range from 4 to 22 °F. July temperatures vary from 46 to 65 °F. Average annual precipitation is 20 inches.
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History and Culture
- Between 1848 and 1851, Russian engineer P. Doroshin found gold in the area. Cooper Landing was named for Joseph Cooper, a miner who discovered gold here in 1884. Cooper Creek was first recorded in 1898 by the U.S. Geological Survey. In 1900, the census found 21 miners and 1 wife living at Cooper Creek. The Riddiford Post Office began operations in 1924, and the Riddiford School opened in 1928. In 1938, a road was constructed to Seward. In 1948, a road to Kenai was opened, and by 1951 residents could drive to Anchorage. The Cooper Landing Community Club was first formed in 1949. The Cooper Lake Hydroelectric Facility was constructed in 1959-60.
- The Cooper Landing Community Club is the community's civic organization. The population of the area nearly doubles each summer to support tourism businesses and activities.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- The Sterling Highway provides access to Anchorage and beyond. Kenai offers air transportation and docking facilities. A privately-owned boat launch is available. The state-owned Quartz Creek Airport provides a gravel runway, and float planes may land at Cooper Lake.
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