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Killisnoo, Alaska is located in Alaska
Killisnoo, Alaska
Killisnoo, Alaska
Location in Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Hoonah-Angoon
16 ft (5 m)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (Alaska)
GNIS ID 1423064

Killisnoo was an unincorporated community on Killisnoo Island in the Hoonah-Angoon Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska, near Angoon which is on Admiralty Island. It is noted to have had a post office which closed in 1930. It has also been known by several names which include Kanas-nu, Kanasnu, Kenasnow and Killishoo.


Killisnoo, 1898

Killisnoo Island has long been inhabited by Tlingit people. In the late 1800s, the North West Trading Company built a fish processing plant at Killisnoo and many Tlingit moved from nearby Angoon and other areas to Killisnoo to work at the plant. The plant was destroyed in a fire in 1928 and most of the residents left Killisnoo.

The St. John the Baptist Church in Killisnoo was destroyed by fire in 1927, and the congregation built a new church in Angoon.

Like Angoon, Killisnoo has a less-rainy climate than most of southeastern Alaska, which is why Killisnoo is now the home of a fishing and hunting establishment by the name of Whaler's Cove Lodge.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 79
1900 172 117.7%
1910 351 104.1%
1920 256 −27.1%
1930 3 −98.8%
1940 26 766.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

Killisnoo first appeared on the 1890 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village of 79 residents. Although it was considered to be a Tlingit village, Whites outnumbered Tlingits by 44 to 33, with 2 Asians. It continued to appear until 1940, when most of the residents left. It was later annexed into the neighboring city of Angoon.

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