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Chistochina is located on the Tok Cutoff of the Glenn Highway, 42 miles northeast of Glennallen, the closest town with amenities.  Chistochina signThe village is surrounded by Sinona Creek, Boulder Creek, Chistochina River, and Copper River. 

The combined population of the area is about 250 people.  The median age for males is 22 and for females, 17, indicating a high percentage of young people in the region.  The economy of the area is mainly subsistence, with cash employment being limited and seasonal, and consisting mostly of fire fighting, highway maintenance and construction.  The schools and tribe employ a few residents.
 
GirlsCheesh’na Tribe is a federally recognized tribe located in Chistochina Village, and subsistence activities are a crucial component of the lifestyle in the village. Chistochina began as an Ahtna fish camp and a stopover place for traders and trappers.

ChistochinaThe village access road later became part of the Valdez-Eagle Trail, constructed by miners during the gold rush to the Eagle area in 1897. Chistochina Lodge was built as a roadhouse for prospectors.

The Trail was used for construction of U.S. Army Signal Corps telegraph lines from Valdez to Eagle between 1901 and 1904. Gold was mined along the upper Chistochina River and its runoff creeks. The area was settled by homesteaders, although it has remained a traditional Native village.

Beaded MocassinThe climate in Chistochina is continental, characterized by long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Total annual precipitation averages 13 inches, with annual snowfall averaging 61 inches.

Temperature extremes from a low of -62 to a high of 91 degrees Fahrenheit have been recorded.  Chistochina is accessible year-round by the Glenn and Richardson Highways via the Tok Cutoff.

 

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