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Populated Place
Candle City, September 30, 1903
Candle City, September 30, 1903
Candle, Alaska is located in Alaska
Candle, Alaska
Candle, Alaska
Location in Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Northwest Arctic Borough
13 ft (4 m)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
Area code 907
GNIS feature ID 1412708

Candle is an unincorporated community in the Northwest Arctic Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is situated on the west bank of the Kiwalik River at Candle Creek. It was founded around 1901 as a mining camp, named for the adjacent creek. The post office was established in 1902.

Candle is the birthplace of prominent Native American actor Ray Mala. Although there was a hospital in Candle, Mala was delivered in an Inupiaq sod house by his grandmother and a niece on a ruthlessly cold morning two days after Christmas in 1906.

In 1908, Candle was the turnaround point for the first major mushing competition, the All Alaska Sweepstakes, which was started by John Skyles Beltz and Allan "Scotty" Alexander Allan, and ran 408 miles (657 km) from Nome to Candle and back.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 204
1920 91 −55.4%
1930 85 −6.6%
1940 119 40.0%
1950 105 −11.8%
1960 103 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

Candle first appeared on the U.S. Census as an unincorporated village in 1910. It continued to report until 1960. Although it has not been completely abandoned, it has not reported a separate population since 1960.

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