Non-Unified Home Rule Borough
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Geography and Climate
- Petersburg is located on the northwest end of Mitkof Island, where the Wrangell Narrows meet Frederick Sound. It lies midway between Juneau and Ketchikan, about 120 miles from either community.
- Petersburg's climate is characterized by mild winters, cool summers, and year-round rainfall. Average summer temperatures range from 40 to 56 °F; winters average from 27 to 43 °F. Annual precipitation averages 106 inches, with 97 inches of snow.
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History and Culture
- Tlingit Indians from Kake utilized the north end of Mitkof Island as a summer fish camp. Some reportedly began living year-round at the site, including John Lot. Petersburg was named after Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant and a pioneer in the cannery business, who arrived in the late 1890s. He built the Icy Strait Packing Company cannery, a sawmill, and a dock by 1900. His family's homesteads grew into this community, populated largely by people of Scandinavian origin. In 1910, a city was formed, and by 1920 600 people lived in Petersburg year-round. During this time, fresh salmon and halibut were packed in glacier ice for shipment. Alaska's first shrimp processor, Alaska Glacier Seafoods, was founded here in 1916. A cold storage plant was built in 1926. The cannery has operated continuously and is now known as Petersburg Fisheries, a subsidiary of Icicle Seafoods, Inc. Across the narrows is the town of Kupreanof, which was once busy with fur farms, a boat repair yard, and a sawmill. Petersburg has developed into one of Alaska's major fishing communities. Peterburg Borough was incorporated on January 3, 2013.
- The community maintains a mixture of Tlingit and Scandinavian history. It is known as 'Little Norway' for its history and annual Little Norway Festival during May.
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Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
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- Piped Water, Piped Sewer, Refuse Collection, Electric, Harbor/Port, Medical Center, Police, Volunteer Fire/EMS, Library, Community Recreation Center, Roads, Schools, Elderly Housing, Assisted Living, Aquatic Center
- Petersburg is accessed by air and water. It is on the mainline state ferry route. The state-owned James A. Johnson Airport has a 6000' long and 150' wide runway for scheduled jet service. Lloyd R. Roundtree Seaplane Base (on the Wrangell Narrows) allows for float plane services. Harbor facilities include a petroleum wharf, barge terminals, three boat harbors with moorage for 700 boats, a boat launch, and a boat haul-out. Freight arrives by barge, ferry, or cargo plane. There is no deep-water dock for large ships (such as cruise ships); passengers are lightered to shore.
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