Killisnoo, Alaska

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Unincorporated community
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
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Hoonah-Angoon
 • State senator Bert Stedman (R)
 • State rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Time zone Alaska (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) Alaska (UTC-8)
GNIS ID 1423064[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. John the Baptist Church in Killisnoo was destroyed by fire in 1927, and the congregation built a new 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.


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