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American Flag-Raising Site

Sitka, Alaska
County of Sitka.
Lincoln and Katlean Streets, Baranof Island
National Register Number: 66000162
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Landscape - unoccupied land. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: AK-At-Large Certified Local Government: YES
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: Local Park.
Web Site: www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/oha_web/introd.htm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 13, 1962):
On October 18, 1867, the Russian flag was lowered on Castle Hill, home of Alaska's Russian governors, the American flag was raised, and a brief exchange of statements completed the transfer of Alaska to the United States. This event marked our Nation's first expansion into non-contiguous territory; Russia's withdrawal from the northwest coast of North America represented the recession of the outermost reach of the Slavic eastern frontier. Alaska was admitted to the Union on January 3, 1959, and on July 4 of that year the 49-star American flag was flown from this site for the first time. Though no structures remain, the site, rich in historical archeology, is now a park commemorating these events.

Currently, there are no threats to the NHL.

There have been no known changes since the last report.

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