St. Michael (known as Taciq in Central Alaskan Yup'ik language) is a city in Nome Census Area, Alaska, and United States. It is located at 63°28?43?N 162°02?14?W on the east side of St. Michael Island on Norton Sound. It was founded by traders of the Russian-American Company as a trading post for trade with the Yup'ik people of the area in 1833. The trading settlement and the island were named after the archangel Michael. Later, in 1897, a US military post, was established here. The same year, as the Gold Rush prevailed, St Michael evolved as a major gateway into the Alaskan territory via the Yukon River Delta. This city was also a popular trading post for Alaska Natives to trade their goods for Western supplies.
The largest community within a 50 mile radius from here is Unalakleet, located about 47 miles away from Saint Michael. Next up is Stebbins that lies to the west of Saint Michael and has a population of 570 people.
The city is served by St. Michael Airport (IATA: SMK). It is a state-owned, public-use airport and it is located 3 miles to the west of St. Michael. The airport offers scheduled flights to Nome, Stebbins and Unalakleet. The airlines offering flights here are Ravn Alaska and Bering Air.
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Fort St. Michael was a US Army fort at St. Michael, Alaska. It had served to maintain order during the Klondike Gold Rush from 1897 and 1925 when people from arriving thick and fast from the Yukon River. Later the fort became the receiving point of a military communications cable extending across Alaska. The fort was later shutdown and when last surveyed in 1976, it was survived by only three buildings.