Craig, Prince of Wales Island

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Craig, Prince of Wales Island

by | Aug 8, 2018

The town of Craig is approximately 56 miles (90 km) by air northwest of Ketchikan and 220 miles (350 km) south of Juneau. This is the largest town on Prince of Wales Island, which is the fourth largest island in the United States. 

Craig was named after Craig Miller who established a fish saltery on nearby Fish Egg Island in 1907.  The site was originally a seasonal fish camp used for gathering herring by the local Haida natives who moved onto Prince of Wales Island from Haida Gwaii (British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands) starting in the 18th century.

The commercial fishing industry was responsible for Craig’s relatively large population compared to neighboring communities. In the 1930s, record pink salmon runs brought many new settlers. The 1950s saw a collapse of the fishing industry because of depleted salmon populations. In 1972, a large sawmill was established nearby providing a steady source of year-round employment. Today, Craig relies on commercial fishing, fish processing, and the timber industry. Read more here and here. Explore more of Craig and Prince of Wales Island here:

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