Killisnoo, Alaska

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Killisnoo is located in Alaska
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 57°28′10″N 134°34′11″W / 57.46944°N 134.56972°W / 57.46944; -134.56972Coordinates: 57°28′10″N 134°34′11″W / 57.46944°N 134.56972°W / 57.46944; -134.56972
CountryUnited States
Census AreaHoonah-Angoon
 • State senatorBert Stedman (R)
 • State rep.Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D)
16 ft (5 m)
Time zoneUTC-9 (Alaska)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-8 (Alaska)
GNIS ID1423064[1]

Killisnoo was an unincorporated community on Killisnoo Island in the Hoonah-Angoon Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska, near Angoon which is on Admiralty Island. It is noted to have had a post office which closed in 1930.[1] It has also been known by several names which include Kanas-nu, Kanasnu, Kenasnow and Killishoo.


Killisnoo, 1898

Killisnoo Island has long been inhabited by Tlingit people. In the late 1800s, the North West Trading Company built a fish processing plant at Killisnoo and many Tlingit moved from nearby Angoon and other areas to Killisnoo to work at the plant. The plant was destroyed in a fire in 1928 and most of the residents left Killisnoo.

The St. Andrew Church in Killisnoo was destroyed by fire in 1927, and the congregation built a new church called St. John the Baptist church in Angoon.[2]

Like Angoon, Killisnoo has a less-rainy climate than most of southeastern Alaska, which is why Killisnoo is now the home of a fishing and hunting establishment by the name of Whaler's Cove Lodge.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

Killisnoo first appeared on the 1890 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village of 79 residents. Although it was considered to be a Tlingit village, Whites outnumbered Tlingits by 44 to 33, with 2 Asians.[4] It continued to appear until 1940, when most of the residents left. It was later annexed into the neighboring city of Angoon.


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Killisnoo, Alaska
  2. ^ Alfred Mongin and Joseph P. Kreta (June 14, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: St. John the Baptist Church". National Park Service.
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  4. ^[bare URL PDF]

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