The History of Haines Borough

The Haines Borough is located on the shore of Lynn Canal on the narrow Chilkat Peninsula, 80 miles north of Juneau. It lies at approximately 59 14' N Latitude, 135 26' W Longitude . The community is located in the Haines Recording District. The area encompasses 2,357 sq. miles of land and 397 sq. miles of water.

When the Russians first came to the Chilkat Valley, it was populated by the Chilkat Indians. During the gold rush, it grew as a mining supply center. Gold was also discovered in this area. The Borough was incorporated in 1968.


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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development