The History of Stebbins

Stebbins is located on the northwest coast of St. Michael Island, on Norton Sound. It lies 8 miles north of St. Michael and 120 miles southeast of Nome. It lies at approximately 63 31' N Latitude, 162 17' W Longitude (Sec. 02, T023S, R019W, Kateel River Meridian). The community is located in the Cape Nome Recording District. The area encompasses 36 sq. miles of land and 2 sq. miles of water.

Redoubt St. Michael was built at nearby St. Michael by the Russian-American Company in 1833. The Eskimo village of "Atroik" or "Atowak" was recorded north of here in 1898 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. The Yup'ik name for the village is "Tapraq," and the name Stebbins was first recorded in 1900. The first U.S. Census occurred in 1950, indicating 80 Yup'ik Eskimos. Reindeer herding has occurred; there is an unmanaged herd on Stuart Island.


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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development