Sitka is a consolidated city-county located on the Gulf of Alaska and, oddly enough, is the largest consolidated city-county in the United States in terms of total area, though its population sits at only 8,800 residents, good for fourth-largest in the state of Alaska. Sitka was the site that the actual sale and transfer of Alaska from the Russians took place and where all the documentation was signed. Due to its location in the Alaska Panhandle, and the lack of overland transportation to the area (it sits on Baranof Island), you may find it more difficult to arrange auto transportation services to or from the area – likely you would need to ship your vehicle to a port city via Alaska auto transport services, such as Juneau or Anchorage, and have it ferried down to Sitka from there.
First founded as New Archangel in 1804 by the Russians, for the first half of the 19th century Sitka was one of the most important ports on the west coast, despite its out-of-the-way location, and the city was named as the Russian Capital in America before Alaska was bought by William Seward in 1867. Fishing and canning, as well as mining and other natural resource extraction endeavors, particularly timber, spurred the town’s initial growth; however, the population of the town remained relatively small until the navy built an air base in the area that Sitka really began to see growth. Today it is home to a U.S. Coast Guard station, a small municipal airport, and the University of Alaska Southeast, all of which are located on nearby Japonski Island, which is connected to the main town of Sitka via the John O’Connell Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge built in the western hemisphere.
Located in the Alaskan Panhandle, Sitka does not experience the extreme temperatures of more northern Alaskan cities, though its daily highs in the summer months still only reach into the low-to-mid 60’s on average, with overnight lows dropping down into the low 50’s. During the winter months snow is relatively common, but again not as common as its northern neighbors. Daily winter highs sit in the low 40’s, while overnight lows drop down to around freezing, though temperatures in the mid-20’s and even down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit have been recorded. the lowest temperature on record in Sitka is -1 degrees Fahrenheit, a far cry from Fairbank’s average overnight low of -14 degrees in January.
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