Nulato (Alaska)

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Nulato (Alaska)
Location in Alaska
Basic data
State : United States
State : Alaska
Borough : Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
Coordinates : 64 ° 43 ′  N , 158 ° 6 ′  W Coordinates: 64 ° 43 ′  N , 158 ° 6 ′  W
Time zone : Alaska ( UTC − 9 / −8 )
Residents : 264 (as of 2010)
Population density : 2.4 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 116 km 2  (approx. 45 mi 2 ) of
which 110.7 km 2  (approx. 43 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 35 m
Area code : +1 907
FIPS : 02-56350
GNIS ID : 1407321

Nulato is a small town in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area of the US state Alaska . In the United States Census 2000 it had 336 inhabitants with an Indian share of almost 93%.

Nulato is located on the right bank of the Yukon north of the mouth of the Nulato River at the foot of the Nulato Hills , 53 km west of Galena . On the opposite side of the river is the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge .


The Koyukon , a group of the Athabascans , had camps in the region of the present-day settlement that they left when they followed herds of animals on their migrations. Between the Koyukuk and Nowitna River , there were several places that were used for fishing in the Yukon.

In Nulato trading took place before the arrival of the first Europeans between the Koyukon and the Kobuk River -based Inupiat instead. In 1838 the Russian explorer Malakov established a trading post.

After buying Alaska from Russia , the US military built a telegraph line along the north side of the Yukon. The gold rush of 1884 brought new diseases to the region and killed many Indians. In 1887 a mission station and a school were built. A measles epidemic in 1900 reduced the population by a third.

In 1900 steamship traffic on the Yukon peaked at 46 ships a day. Nulato served as a supply point for firewood.

The prospectors left the Yukon in 1906 for Fairbanks and Nome . In 1919 lead mining began in neighboring Galena.

Since 1963 Nulato has the city charter . In 1981 additional building land was developed 3 km from the original town center.

Nulato takes turns with Kaltag at the annual Stick Dance Festival , where people from the region gather to dance to remember the deceased.

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