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In This Place

 
 
First American Flags in Sitka - 1867 and 1959 image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, May 16, 2011
1. First American Flags in Sitka - 1867 and 1959
Inscription.  The first American flag was raised by a colorguard from Company F, 9th Infantry, to signify the transfer of Alaska from czarist Russia.

The first 49 star American flag was raised on July 4, 1959, by a colorguard from the First Battle Group 9th (Manchu) Infantry to signify the statehood of Alaska.
 
Location. 57° 2.918′ N, 135° 20.283′ W. Marker is in Sitka, Alaska, in Sitka Borough. Touch for map. The marker is located on Castle Hill. It can be reached by climbing a stairway from Lincoln Street near the Post Office, a moderne building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Marker is in this post office area: Sitka AK 99835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tilson Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Michael's Cathedral (about 700 feet away); Sentinel of a Divided Town (about 800 feet away); Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); 250th Anniversary of the Bering- Chirikov Expedition (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emmons House (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
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Castle Hill in Sitka image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, June 16, 2011
2. Castle Hill in Sitka
 National Register of Historic Places Listing #66000162. The American Flag Raising Site is part of Baranof Castle State Historic Site, is a National Historic Landmark, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

The NRHP listing notes that: "This is is perhaps the most important historical property in Alaska. The American flag was raised here on 18 October 1867 to mark the formal transfer of Russian America to the United States, the first expansion by the United States into noncontiguous territory." (Submitted on May 16, 2019, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2019, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2019, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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