Taku Harbor is named after the Taku people; this name was applied as early as 1848 by Captain Lieutenant M. N. Vasilief of the Imperial Russian Navy. It was the site of Fort Durham, a trading post established by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1840; this location is now a National Historic Landmark.
On the eastern shore Taku Harbor is the community of Taku Harbor (alternatively spelled Tako, Takoo, or Takou and formerly known as Takokakaan or the Taku-kon Villages). This has comprised up to four Tlingit villages or camps. A census taken in 1880 provided a population count of 269.
- USGS GNIS Feature Detail Report: Taku Harbor (bay)
- USGS GNIS Feature Detail Report: Fort Durham
- Olson, Wallace M. A History of Fort Durham. 1994.
- USGS GNIS Feature Detail Report: Taku Harbor (populated place)
- Cobb, John N. Pacific Salmon Fisheries. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1921.
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