Archaeological sites dating to the last ice age indicate the area around Cold Bay was once inhabited by a large Native population, and was used by European hunters and trappers throughout the 19th century. During World War II, Cold Bay was the site of the strategic air base Fort Randall. At that time, the airport was the largest in the state, with a 10,000' runway.
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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development