Kijik, Alaska

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Kijik Historic District
Kijik, Alaska is located in Alaska
Kijik, Alaska
Nearest city Nondalton, Alaska
Coordinates 60°17′28″N 154°13′0″W / 60.29111°N 154.21667°W / 60.29111; -154.21667Coordinates: 60°17′28″N 154°13′0″W / 60.29111°N 154.21667°W / 60.29111; -154.21667
Area 12 acres (4.9 ha)
Governing body National Park Service
NRHP Reference # 79000410[1]
Added to NRHP January 29, 1979

Kijik is a ghost town in Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. An Athbascan village that was established on the shores of Lake Clark in the Alaska Range, its population was recorded at 91 in the 1880 United States Census and declined thereafter, falling to approximately 25 individuals by 1904. Today, the village is nonexistent. The ghost town is located at 60°17′28″N 154°13′0″W / 60.29111°N 154.21667°W / 60.29111; -154.21667 (60.2911111, -154.2166667), at an elevation of 259 feet (79 m).[2]

In 1979, twelve acres of the village site were added to the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.[1]

The community was known by many other names than "Kijik" during its history, including "Lake Clark Village", "Nijik", "Nikhkak", "Nikhak", and "Old Keegik". Its current name has been spelled in a wide variety of ways, including "Keechik", "Keeghik", "Keejik", "Keggik", "Keygik", "Kichak", "Kichik", "Kilchik", and "Kilchikh".[2]