Kiwalik, Alaska

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Location
66°01'22"N
161°50'30"W
Country
 United States of America
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Kiwalik (sometimes written Keewalik) is an unincorporated community in the Northwest Arctic Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is located where the Kiwalik River flows into Kotzebue Sound on the Seward Peninsula, 97 km (60 mi) south of Kotzebue. Kiwalik was once a small community that supported mining operations at Candle, 7 miles (11 km) away on the Kiwalik River, by Candle Creek. It is now used only by subsistence hunters and travelers who stop to use the public shelter cabin on the public road (Kiwalik-Candle route) to access the graveyard, which is surrounded by private property. The community is now abandoned and dilapidated, filled with rusty hulks, trash and broken down buildings.

Demographics

Kiwalik first reported on the 1880 U.S. Census as an unincorporated Inuit village of "Kugalukmute." It did not appear on the census again until 1930, when it reported as "Keewalik." It reported again as Keewalik in 1940. It has not reported separately since.
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