Flat City, 1911
Location of Flat, Alaska
|• Total||161.1 sq mi (417.2 km2)|
|• Land||161.1 sq mi (417.2 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||292 ft (89 m)|
|Time zone||Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)|
|• Summer (DST)||AKDT (UTC-8)|
|GNIS feature ID||1402165|
Prospectors John Beaton and W.A. Dikeman discovered gold on Otter Creek on 25 December 1908. News of the discovery spread slowly, but a some miners arrived in the summer of 1909 and built a small camp they called Flat City. More gold was discovered on nearby Flat Creek and more miners arrived in 1910. Beaton, Peter Miscovich, Lars Ostnes, and David Strandberg were prominent early arrivals who mined successfully long after the initial "boomtown" faded. By 1914, the community had grown to about 6,000 people, complete with an elementary school, a telephone system, two stores, a hotel, restaurant, pool hall, laundry and jail. However, by 1930, the population had declined to 124. No plat was filed for Flat, and the town site rests on mining claims, so the existence of Flat may contravene the law, but the U.S. Post Office acknowledged the community and served its few residents with an office until the year 2000.
Between 1986 and 2000, the primary year-round residents were a family of five who worked together to maintain the area in the winter for summer placer mining.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 161.1 square miles (417 km2), of which, 161.1 square miles (417 km2) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4 people, 1 household, and 1 family residing in the town. The population density was 0.0 people per square mile (0.0/km²). There were 3 housing units at an average density of 0.0/sq mi (0.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 100.00% White.
There was 1 household, composed of a married couple with children under the age of 18 living with them.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 25.0% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, and 25.0% from 45 to 64. The median age was 33 years. For every 97.0 females there were 97.0 males. For every 97.1 females age 18 and over, there were 194.2 males.
- Chuck Hawley, "Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Introduction of John Beaton (1875-1945) of Flat, Alaska" Alaska Miner 29 no.12 (Dec 2001) 10-11 + 14.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.