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Klawock





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Founded in 1868 / Incorporated 1929
Population est. 850 / City Hall 907-755-2261
 
Klawock is named for Kloo-Wah, a Tlingit Indian from Moria Sound. The town site was a summer fishing camp to which Kloo-Wah permanently moved his clan. A trading post and salmon saltery were established in 1868 and the first cannery in Alaska was built here by a San Francisco firm in 1878. Subsequent canneries in the area were operated under contract, using Chinese laborers. A hatchery for red salmon opened at Klawock Lake in 1897. A school was constructed in 1929.          
                                                            Photo by Jon Bolling                                                                               
 
In 1934, Klawock received federal funds for a cannery. In 1971 Alaska Timber Corp. built a sawmill. Soon after, Klawock-Heenya Corp., Shaan-Seet Corp. of Craig, and Sealaska Timber Corp. built a log-sort yard outside of Klawock and a deep-water dock on Klawock Island.
                                               
Klawock is a significant center of Tlingit culture, with an annual celebration of Elizabeth Peratrovich's pioneering Native-rights work. Klawock Totem Park has 21 totem poles that are replicas of the original totem poles that stood in  Tuxekan (the winter village of the Heinyaa Kwaan people).  There is a Heritage Center including a longhouse and carving shed near the edge of town.
 
The only airstrip on Prince of Wales Island is near the town and serves two scheduled carriers using wheeled aircraft; visiting planes also use the runway. Floatplanes land near Klawock's harbor.

Klawock has a small boat harbor. A boat launch ramp is north of the cannery. A deep-draft dock on Klawock Island is primarily used for loading timber.