Chisana, Alaska

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Tsetsaan’ Na’
Chisana's post office
Chisana's post office
Chisana is located in Alaska
Location within the state of Alaska
Coordinates: 62°4′16″N 141°59′36″W / 62.07111°N 141.99333°W / 62.07111; -141.99333Coordinates: 62°4′16″N 141°59′36″W / 62.07111°N 141.99333°W / 62.07111; -141.99333
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Valdez-Cordova
 • State senator Click Bishop (R)
 • State rep. Dave Talerico (R)
 • Total 86.7 sq mi (224.7 km2)
 • Land 86.7 sq mi (224.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 3,369 ft (1,027 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 0
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-13890
GNIS feature ID 1400321
Chisana Historic Mining Landscape
Location Extending west ¼ mile from the southeastern end of Chisana Airstrip and parallel to Johnson Creek; expanded to vicinity of Chisana and Gold Hill
Area Originally 30 acres (0.047 sq mi; 0.12 km2); expanded to 27,216 acres (42.525 sq mi; 110.14 km2)
Built 1913
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Log Cabin
NRHP Reference # 85002999[1] (original)
98000436 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 29, 1985
Boundary increase May 14, 1998

Chisana (also Shushanna) (Tsetsaan’ Na’ in Ahtna) is a ghost town abandoned and a census-designated place (CDP) in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 Census,[2] the population of the CDP was 0. The English name Chisana derives from the Ahtna Athabascan name Tsetsaan' Na', meaning literally 'copper river' (not to be confused with the river known in English as the Copper River).

In 1985, the community was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, the Chisana Historic District. This district was substantially enlarged (to encompass more than 27,000 acres (42 sq mi; 110 km2)) and renamed the "Chisana Historic Mining Landscape" in 1998.[1]


Chisana is located at 62°4′16″N 141°59′36″W / 62.07111°N 141.99333°W / 62.07111; -141.99333 (62.070992, -141.993271).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 86.7 square miles (225 km2), of which 86.7 square miles (225 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it is water. The total area is 0.10% water. Chisana is the highest community in Alaska at 3,318 feet (1,011.3 meters) above sea level.[4]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Alaska Cities by Highest Elevation. Retrieved 2011-06-24.

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