Surrounding Area

Unalaska / Dutch Harbor

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Your home in the Aleutians
Set   amid   the   stunning   scenery   of   the Aleutian   Islands,   Unalaska/Dutch   Harbor   is   a   top   commercial   fishing   port   renowned   for   its unique   history,   unbelievable   bird   watching   and   world-class   sport   fishing   opportunities.   Unalaska   Island   has   a   land   area   of   1,051 square   miles,   making   it   the   14 th    largest   island   in   the   United   States. The   City   of   Unalaska,   which   covers   part   of   the   island   and   all of   neighboring   Amaknak   Island   where   the   Port   of   Dutch   Harbor   is   located,   has   a   total   area   of   212.3   square   miles,   of   which 111.0 square miles is land and 101.3 square miles is water. Unalaska   has   witnessed   sweeping   changes   in   its   nine-thousand   years   of   human   history.   The   Unangan   people   were   the   first   to inhabit   the   island   of   Unalaska,   which   they   named   “Ounalashka”   meaning   “Near   the   Peninsula.” They   developed   an   intricate   and complex   society   long   before   their   first   contact   with   the   Russian   fur   traders   who   documented   their   existence.   Artifacts,   stories, and   re-creations   of   their   rich   culture   can   be   viewed   and   studied   at   the   Museum   of   the Aleutians   with   many   artifacts   dating   back roughly 9,000 years. The   Russian   influence   is   best   viewed   by   touring   the   Holy Ascension   Russian   Orthodox   Cathedral,   one   of   the   oldest   cruciform- style   Russian   churches   in   the   country.   The   Cathedral   is   a   National   Historic   Landmark   and   houses   one   of   Alaska's   largest   and richest   collections   of   Russian   artifacts,   religious   icons   and   art   pieces,   some   having   been   donated   to   the   church   directly   from Catherine the Great. Dutch   Harbor   is   also   known   to   war   veterans   and   history   buffs   as   the   only   land   in   North America,   besides   Pearl   Harbor,   that   was bombed   by   Japanese   Zeros   during   World   War   II.   Evidence   of   Armed   Forces   bunkers,   Quonset   huts   and   barracks   are   still visible   today,   dotting   the   green   hills   of   Unalaska   and   Amaknak   Islands.   The   sites   and   the   Historic   Center   are   part   of   the   WWII National Historic Area opened by the National Park Service in 2002. For   visitor   information,   please   contact   the   Unalaska/Port   of   Dutch   Harbor   Convention   and   Visitor’s   Bureau   at   (907)   581-2612   or toll free at (877) 581-2612, or visit their website at www.unalaska.info to take a virtual tour of the area.
Photo: Justin Creswell