Destroyed airplane at Platinum, 1948
|Incorporated||February 13, 1975|
|• Mayor||Mark Moyle|
|• State senator||Lyman Hoffman (D)|
|• State rep.||Tiffany Zulkosky (R)|
|• Total||47.31 sq mi (122.53 km2)|
|• Land||47.27 sq mi (122.41 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)|
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1.42/sq mi (0.55/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-8 (AKDT)|
Geography[change | change source]
History[change | change source]
Platinum was named in the 1930s due to the platinum ore found in the area. The site was a mining boomtown by 1937 boasting a roadhouse, two trading posts and a population of fifty. A post office had been established in 1935. An earlier Inuit village called Arviq had been abandoned. The town was incorporated as a city in 1975.
References[change | change source]
- 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 120.
- 2015 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2015. p. 126.
- "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
- GNIS Feature Detail Report for: Platinum