Taku Harbor

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Coordinates: 58°04′00″N 134°01′09″W / 58.06667°N 134.01917°W / 58.06667; -134.01917

Taku Harbor (Lingít: S'iknáx̱ Saankʼi) (also spelled Taco, Tacou, or Takou) is a small, remote bay located on the eastern shore of Stephens Passage about 22 miles (35 km) southeast of central Juneau, Alaska, United States.[1]

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

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.[4]

The San Juan Fishing & Packing Company established a salmon cannery and cold-storage plant at Taku Harbor in 1901. It was the only such plant to operate in Alaska until 1909.[5]

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  1. ^ a b USGS GNIS Feature Detail Report: Taku Harbor (bay)
  2. ^ USGS GNIS Feature Detail Report: Fort Durham
  3. ^ Olson, Wallace M. A History of Fort Durham. 1994.
  4. ^ USGS GNIS Feature Detail Report: Taku Harbor (populated place)
  5. ^ Cobb, John N. Pacific Salmon Fisheries. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1921.

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