Copies of Significant Documents/Key Legislation
Henry E. Haydon
Ex-Officio Secretary and
District of Alaska
Sitka, April 1st, 1890
Hon. Lyman E. Knapp
Governor of Alaska
I have the honor to hand you
herewith the report of the
Commissioners appointed by you to designate certain lands in Sitka and
its vicinity which in their judgment should be reserved for public
Your obedient servant
Henry E. Haydon.
Hon. Henry E Haydon
Please find enclosed report of the Commissioners appointed by His
Excellency the Governor of Alaska February 1st 1890 for the purpose of
designating what grounds and buildings should be reserved by and for the
use of the government of the United States.
Also a map kindly made for the Commissioners by Mr. Edwin Chamberlain
Deputy United States Collection of Customs at this Port. We had no
surveyors compass or instruments by which a perfectly correct survey
could be made. But the measurements are correct and the boundaries are
plainly marked so that no mistakes need be made by any one. The numbers
on the map pointout the buildings correctly and the red lines
show the boundaries of the reservation.
Hoping that this will be satisfactory to His Excellency and
beneficial to all the people of Alaska.
Wrangell March 28 1890
Hon. Lyman E. Knapp,
Governor of Alaska
The Commissioners appointed by you on February 1st, 1890, "to examine
and report as to what lands in and about Sitka Alaska should be
permanently reserved by the Government for its uses, for public
buildings, barracks, parade grounds, parks, wharves, coaling stations or
other purposes defining and describing the same and indicating the
purposes for which they should be reserved," have the honor to make the
We were confronted at the outset with one difficulty. There is, at
this time no land surveyor in Sitka, and we anticipated some trouble in
locating such property as we might wish to designate for reservation,
but it was agreed between us, at our first meeting, that the "map of
settlement at New Archangel Sitka accompanying a letter from General
Lovell H. Rousseau dated December 5th, 1867 with inventories, published
in House Executive Document No 125, 40th. Congress 2d. Session, signed
by Alexis Pestchouroff Russian Commissioner, and Lovell H. Rousseau,
United States Commissioner, copies of which documents, certified by
Honorable F.F. Bayard Secretary of the Clerk of the United States
District Court here, should be used by us in making reservations and
designating the same, and their limits, as far as it was possible to do
so. With the aid of these documents we have been able to locate and
designate definitely, all of the public buildings, and much of the land
described by us in this report, as desirable for reservation.
It is recommended by the Commissioners that the property designated
on the certified Map and inventories as a "Wharf", together with the
Wharehouse Marked No 1, being on the approach to the said Wharf, be
reserved to the Government for its uses, and for the ligitimate uses and
privileges of the residents of Sitka generally.
It is recommended by the Commissioners that the buildings designated
on the Map and inventories as No 3 and No 15 be reserved for the
following purposes viz; No 3 as a Coal Shed for Naval Vessels: - No 15
as a Store house for Naval supplies during such time as it may be
necessary for said Buildings to be so used.
It is also recommended by the Commissioners that all of the land
covered and included in the following description be reserved for a
Custom House or such other purpose as may be deemed necessary for the
public service viz:
Commencing at a point thirty feet from the North West Corner of
Building designated on Map and inventories as No 6 thence along Lincoln
Street to low water mark in the Bay; thence following the shore line at
low water mark in a South Easterly direction to a point outside of a
rocky point running into the Bay; thence in a North Easterly direction
to a point at right angles from the place of beginning; thence in a
North Westerly direction to the place of beginning on Lincoln Street.
Meaning to include with other land, all of these lots designated on the
Map by Numbers 2, 3, and 5 and part of lot No. 4.
It is recommended by the Commissioners that the plot of ground marked
No. 20 on the map but more particularly described as follows:-commencing
at the Northern corner of that plot of ground, which we hereafted ask
shall be reserved as a public Common, and now known as the "parade
ground," near the Presbyterian Church and running North 33° East
64,68 feet thence West 35° North 59,73 feet, thence North 39°
East 87,79 feet, to a road 26,40 feet wide crossing this and
continuing the line (N 39° E.) 59,40 feet; thence East 39° South
104,28 feet, thence South 30° West 46,20 ft to a road 26,40 feet
wide, thence on South side of said road East 30° South 86,64 feet,
thence South 29° West 111,54 feet, thence West 4° North 150,40
feet to point of starting, for a Marine or Military barracks and garden.
Provided, however, that within three years from the date of this report
a building shall be erected at the expence of the United States upon
said land for the occupation of said Marine or Military force, and if
not erected within that time then this reservation if made, to be
abandoned and the land to become part of the public domain, subject to
entry and purchase as may be provided by any Land Laws then in force in
It is also recommended by the Commissioners that all of that plat of
ground bounded on the North West side of Lincoln Street from Wharehouse
designated No. 1 on Map and inventories and along Lincoln Street and the
shore line to the Southern Corner of the fence enclosing House
designated No 24 on the Map and inventories, thence along the walk in a
North Westerly direction fronting Lot No 20, and Government School No.
2, to the North West Corner of Plat designated on the Map and
inventories No 18, thence in a South Westerly direction to Water front,
most of which is now known as the parade ground hereafter set apart and
reserved as a public common.
It is also recommended by the Commissioners that all that plat of
ground designated on Map and inventories as No 103 now occupied in part
by United States Government School No 1 be reserved for school purposes.
Also for like purposes, that plat of ground described as
follows:-beginning at the South East corner of Lot designated on Map and
inventories as No 18 in a North East direction to the North West Corner
of plat marked "I" on Map and inventories, thence in a South East
direction to the South West Corner of Said plat marked "I", thence in a
South Westerly direction to a line of the land asked herein to be
reserved as a public common upon which is United States Government
School No 2.
It is also recommended by the Commissioners that the Block House
marked "C" on Map on inventories by reserved for public services
including a space of ground One hundred feet square surrounding the
Also the Block House marked "D" on said Map and inventories including
a space of land described as follows: beginning at a point on the North
West corner of the street running East and West from the House now
occupied by the Governor Cemetery, thence North 50° West 660 feet
West 36° South 363 feet, to be reserved for public buildings for the
It is also recommended by the Commissioners that the land upon which
were situated the buildings designated on the Map as Nos. 116, 117 and
118 and more particularly described as follows: to wit: Commencing at a
point 28 feet from the North West Corner of the main building situated
on American St. now occupied by Rueben Albertson as a Hotel and running
thence in a Northerly direction 123 feet to the line of a street or
road, thence along said street or road 224 feet in an Easterly direction
to certain fence posts, thence South Easterly 109 feet to the line of an
old fence, thence in a Westerly direction 197 feet to the place of
beginning, to be reserved for a Governors House or such other occupancy
as may be deemed best by the general Government.
Also ten acres of land including that now designated on the plat of
land as surveyed and claimed by Rev. Sheldon Jackson for the
Presbyterian Board of Home Missions as the same appears of record in the
office of the Recorder Ex Officio for this district, and marked
"Military Cemetery", and more particularly described as follows: to wit:
beginning at Corner marked No VIII on said plat, running North Westerly
660 feet, thence North Easterly 660 feet containing ten acres more or
less, to be reserved for a Military and Naval Cemetery.
In connection with this reservation we would recommend that the road
leading to said cemetery from Lincoln Street be made straight at a
continuous width of 50 feet from the fence forming the Western line of
the lands enclosed by the Presbyterian Mission.
We would also recommend for reservation as a public park all that
plat of ground, bounded on the West by the line as established by the
survey made for the Presbyterian Mission, as above referred to, and
along the shore line of the Bay at low tide to the mouth of the Indian
River, and across the mouth of said River, along its right bank for an
average width of 500 feet along said bank, to the point known as Indian
River Falls: and also on the left bank of said river from said falls; an
average width of 200 feet from said falls to the Eastern line or boundry
as shown on the Mission plat.
Also all of that stream of water, running into Jamestown Bay on the
South side thereof, on Baranoff Island now used for watering purposes by
the United States Navy, and Mercantile Vessels:-and that 250 feet on
each side of said stream be reserved for a wharf, and such other
purposes as may be necessary for the Naval and Marine of the United
States, and that this reservation be so made that the water, of said
stream, nor any part thereof shall be directed from its original channel
for any private enterprise.
We would also recommend that all of that Island situated directly
opposite the town of Sitka, known as "Japonsky" Island be reserved for
Naval and Military purposes. This Island on account of its location,
the depth of water surrounding it, and its other natural advantages, is
peculiarly adapted for Government uses.
In connection with this recommendation, we would suggest, that any
party who now has permanent improvements upon the Island, be remunerated
for any loss sustained by reason of its being reserved and occupied for
the purpose above set forth, such remuneration to be estimated upon the
apparent value of such improvements as the same may appear at the date
of this report. Your Commissioners believe that at this time the
maximum value of such improvements do not exceed One thousand
We have the honor to be with great respect.
Your obt. servants
Henry E. Haydon
O.W. Farenholt U.S. Navy
John G. Brady
March 31, 1890.
||DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.
I have the honor to transmit herewith a communication from the
Governor of Alaska, dated April 2, 1890, enclosing the several reports
of commissioners appointed by him to examine and report as to what lands
in and about Sitka, Juneau, Douglas Island, and Fort Wrangel should be
permanently reserved by the government for its uses for public
buildings, barracks, parade grounds, parks, wharves, coaling stations,
etc., and recommending that the reservations therein reported upon be
made. These reports were made in accordance with the suggestion from
this Department, that it be ascertained what tracts are needed by the
government and for what purposes, and that the Governor communicate his
views to the need of the department having control of the matters for
which the proposed reservation is to be made, in view of the possibility
that Congress may at the present session extend the public land laws
I approve of the recommendations of the Governor with three
exceptions. He recommends that Lots 1,2,3,7 and 8 in Block 7, Juneau,
and all of Block "C" in said town, be set aside for garrison purposes;
but it is stated by the commissioners that these tracts were declared by
the district court for the district of Alaska, to have been reserved for
garrison purposes by the Navy Department. If this be true it will not be
necessary to declare a further reservation of these tracts. But it
appears that there are certain settlers on these tracts, and the
commissioners recommend that they be paid for their improvements placed
thereon in good faith. In this connection I call attention to the "Act
providing a civil government for Alaska," (25 Stats., 24) which provides
in section eight that Indians or other persons in said Territory "shall
not be disturbed in the possession of any lands actually in their use or
occupation or now claimed by them but the terms under which such persons
may acquire title to such lands is reserved for future legislation by
Congress." This enactment would seem to debar the Executive from taking
any action calculated to disturb any such settlers, and, if the tracts
had not been reserved for naval purposes, would furnish sufficient
reason for disapproving this recommendation of the Governor.
The Governor recommends that Lots 7 and 8, in Block 9, as per plat of
G.C. Hanus, Juneau, be reserved for courthouse and jail purposes, and
that a certain unnumbered block on the north side of Douglas City be
reserved for like purposes. As it appears these tracts are in possession
of settlers the recommendation is disapproved. He recommends that
certain tracts in Sitka be reserved for a marine or military barracks,
on condition that the United States shall erect certain buildings
thereon. This reservation I suggest be made without condition. The
reservation for a military cemetery, as recommended by the Governor,
seems to be "claimed" for the Presbyterian Board of Home Missions. The
nature of the claim is not stated. However as Congress has provided in
said act of May 17, 1884, supra, that land in said Territory
occupied as a missionary station shall be continued in such occupancy,
to the extent of 160 acres for each such station, until further action
by Congress, I am of opinion this reservation should be declared,
subject to the rights of said Board of Home Missions therein.
I therefore recommend that the following described tracts of land be
reserved from settlement and disposal and set apart for the purposes
Juneau and Douglas City.
In the town of Juneau, all that tract or block numbered 23, as per
plat of said town made by G.C. Hanus, except Lots 5 and 6, for public
school purposes; the island, called Juneau Island, situated in
Gastineaux Channel, opposite the town of Douglas City, as a coaling
station and government wharf; the unnumbered block on the north side of
the town of Douglas City, upon which is situated the public school
building, for public school purposes.
In the town of Fort Wrangel, a tract of land, containing about four
acres, upon which are the buildings now occupied by the civil
government, and embraced in the following description: Beginning on the
south side of Main street, at the northwest corner of the warehouse
occupied by Sylvester and Reid; thence in a northwesterly direction by
lands occupied by Rufus Sylvester, two hundred and ten feet to a post in
picket fence; thence in a northeasterly direction along said picket
fence, old Stockade Block House and lands occupied by Rufus Sylvester,
two hundred and fourteen feet to a post; thence in a northwesterly
direction at a right angle with aforesaid line by lands of the United
States, two hundred and forty feet to a post; thence in a southwesterly
direction and parallel with the northwest wall of the old Fort and forty
feet distant from said wall by lands of the United States, five hundred
and fifty feet to low tide water-mark; thence along low tide water-mark
in a southeasterly/direction by the sea, four hundred and fifty feet, to
the south side of Main street; thence along south side of Main street to
place of beginning.
The following tracts in the town of Sitka, designated by numbers
hereinafter referred to as they appear on the map of the settlement at
New Archangel, Sitka, accompanying a letter from General Lovell H.
Rousseau, Commissioner for the United States, and Alexis Pestchouroff,
Commissioner for Russia, published in House Executive Document No.125,
40th Cong., 2nd Session, to wit:
The property designated as a "Wharf," together with the Warehouse
marked No.1, situated on the approach to said wharf, for the legitimate
uses and purposes of the public.
Also that tract of land described as follows: Commencing at a point
thirty feet from the northwest corner of Building designated on map and
inventories as No. 6, thence along Lincoln street to low water-mark in
the Bay; thence following the shore line up low water-mark in a
southeasterly direction to a point outside of a rocky point running into
the Bay; thence in a northeasterly direction to a point at right angles
from the place of beginning; thence in a northwesterly direction to the
place of beginning on Lincoln street, meaning to include with other land
all of those lots designated on the map by numbers 2,3, and 5, and part
of lot number 4, for a custom house, and other uses in the collection of
Also the plot of ground marked No. 20 on the map but more
particularly described as follows: Commencing at the northern corner of
that plat of ground which we hereafter ask shall be reserved as a public
common, and now known as the "parade ground," near the Presbyterian
Church, and running North 33° East 64.68 feet, thence west 35°
north 59.73 feet, thence north 39° east 87.79 feet, to a road 26.40
feet wide, crossing this and continuing the line (north 39° east)
59.40 feet; thence east 39° south 104.28 feet, thence south 30°
west 46.20 feet to a road 26.40 feet wide, thence on south side of said
road east 30° south 86.46 feet, thence south 29° west 111.54
feet thence west 4° north 150.40 feet to point of starting, for a
marine or military barracks and garden.
Also all of that plot of ground bounded on the north west side by
Lincoln street from Warehouse designated No.1 on map and inventories and
along Lincoln street and the shore line to the southern corner of the
fence enclosing House designated No.24 on the map and inventories;
thence along the walk in a northwesterly direction fronting Lot No.20,
and Government school No. 2, to the northwest corner of plot designated
on map and inventories No. 18; thence in a southwester1y direction to
Water front, most of which is now known as the parade ground, for a
Also that plot of ground designated on said map as number 103, now
occupied in part by government school number 1, and the plot of ground
described as follows: beginning at the southeast corner of Lot
designated on map and inventories as No.18, in a northeast direction to
the northwest corner of plot marked "I" on map and inventories; thence
in a south- east direction to the southwest corner of said plot marked
"I"; thence in a southwesterly direction to line of the land herein to
be reserved as a public common, for school purposes.
Also the Block House marked "C" on map and inventories, for public
services, including a space of ground one hundred feet square
surrounding the same.
Also the Block House marked "D" on said map and inventories,
including a space of land described as follows: beginning at a point on
the northwest corner of the street running east and west from the House
now occupied by the Governor and tho road loading north from said street
to the Russian Cemetery; thence north 50° west 660 feet west 36°
south 363 feet, south 50° east 660 feet, east 36° north 363
feet, for public buildings for the civil service.
Also the land upon which were situated the buildings designated on
the map as Nos. 116,117, and 118, and more particularly described as
follows, to wit: Commencing at a point twenty-eight feet from the
northwest corner of the main building, situated on American street, now
occupied by Rueben Albertstone as a Hotel, and running thence in a
northerly direction one hundred and twenty-three feet to the line of a
street or road; thence along said street or road two hundred and
twenty-four feet in an easterly direction to certain fence posts; thence
southeasterly one hundred and nine feet to the line of an old fence;
thence in a westerly direction one hundred and ninety-seven feet to the
place of beginning, for a Governor's House, or such other occupancy as
may be deemed best by the general government.
Also ten acres of land, including that now designated on the plat of
land as surveyed and claimed by Rev. Sheldon Jackson for the
Presbyterian Board of Home Missions, as the same appears of record in
the office of the Recorder ex officio, for this district, and marked
"Military Cemetery," and more particularly described as follows, to wit:
Beginning at corner mark No.VIII on said plat, running northwesterly six
hundred and sixty feet; thence at right angles southwesterly 660 feet,
thence southeasterly 660 feet, thence northeasterly six hundred and
sixty feet, containing ten acres more or less, for a military and naval
cemetery, subject to any rights which said Board of Home Missions may
Also two hundred and fifty feet of land on each side of the stream of
water running into Jamestown Bay on the south side thereof on Baranoff
Island now used for watering purposes by the United States navy and
mercantile vessels, for a wharf, and such other purposes as may be
necessary for the uses of the United States navy and mercantile marine;
also all of that island situated directly opposite the town of Sitka
known as Japonsky Island for naval and military purposes.
The tract of land bounded on the west by the line as established by
the survey made for the Presbyterian Mission, and along the shore line
of the Bay at low tide to the mouth of Indian River, and across the
mouth of said river and along its right bank for an average width of 500
feet, along said bank to the point known as Indian River Falls, and also
on the left bank of said river from said Falls, an average width of 200
feet, from said Falls to the eastern line or boundary as shown on the
Mission plat, for a public park.
Herewith I enclose a copy of the opinion of the Assistant
Attorney-General for this Department touching the legal points involved,
which meets with my approval.
by Benjamin A. Harrison, 06/21/1890
June 21st, 1890.
In accordance with the recommendation of the Secretary of the
Interior, the above-described tracts of public land in the
Territory of Alaska are hereby reserved for the uses and purposes
indicated by the Secretary, until otherwise directed by Congress.
Proclamation No. 959
No. 70. Sitka National Monument
Establishment: Proclamation (No. 959) of March 21, 1910 . . . . . . . . .
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
[No. 959Mar. 23, 191036 Stat. 2601]
WHEREAS, within the limits of the public park created
by proclamation June 21, 1890, near Sitka, Alaska, is located the
decisive battle ground of the Russian conquest of Alaska in 1804, and
also the site of the former village of the Kik-Siti tribe, the most
warlike of the Alaskan Indians; and that here also are the graves of a
Russian midshipman and six sailors, killed in the conflict, and numerous
totem poles constructed by the Indians, which record the genealogical
history of their several clans, and
WHEREAS, under the general laws of Alaska it has been
found difficult to prevent vandalism within the reserved area,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, William H. Taft, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the power vested in me by Section
two of the Act of Congress approved June 8, 1906, entitled, "An Act for
the Preservation of American Antiquities", do hereby set aside, subject
to any vested right, as the Sitka National Monument, a tract of land
near Sitka, Alaska, situated within, or chiefly within, the public park
which embraces the mouth of Indian River and adjacent territory, created
by proclamation of June 21, 1890 the same being more definitely located
and described as follows:
Beginning at corner No. 2 of the Presbyterian Mission
site on the easterly side thereof; thence north twenty-four degrees,
fifty-four minutes east, along the line of said mission tract, crossing
Indian River, to a point seven chains and fifty-eight links from the
right bank of said river; thence south forty two degrees east,
thirty-three chains and eighty-five links, to a point north fifty-one
degrees, thirty minutes east, ninety-one links from a post on high tide
line designated "Haleys Initial Post"; thence south fifty-one degrees,
thirty minutes west, crossing the mouth of Indian River to a pine tree
on Indian Point; thence following the meanders of the high tide line of
Sitka Bay southwesterly and northwesterly to the place of beginning;
embracing approximately fifty-seven acres of land, as shown upon the
diagram hereto attached and made a part of this proclamation.
Warning is hereby expressly given to all unauthorized
persons not to appropriate, injure or destroy any feature of this
National Monument, or to locate or settle upon any of the lands reserved
by this proclamation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and
caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
DONE at the city of Washington this 23rd day of March,
in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ten, and of the
Independence of the United States the one hundred and thirty-fourth.
WM. H. TAFT.
By the President:
P, C, Knox,
Secretary of State.
Proclamation No. 2965
PROCLAMATIONSFEB. 25, 1952
REDEFINING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SITKA NATIONAL
February 25, 1952
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WHEREAS errors have been discovered in the
description of the area now constituting the Sitka National Monument,
Alaska, as contained in Proclamation No. 959 of March 23, 1910 (36 Stat.
2601), establishing the said monument; and
WHEREAS a certain tract of land adjoining the said
monument has been donated to the United States to provide a suitable
entrance to the monument, and a certain tract of public land near the
monument is needed for the administration thereof ; and
WHEREAS certain privately-owned lands adjoining the
said monument are needed for the administration and protection thereof,
and the United States desires to acquire such lands for such purposes
WHEREAS it appears that it would be in the public
interest to redefine the boundaries of the Sitka National Monument (1)
to correct, the above-mentioned errors of description, (2) to add to the
monument the said tract donated to the United States and the said tract
of public land, and (3) to include within the boundaries of the monument
the said privately-owned lands, with a view to making such lands parts
of the monument upon acquisition of title thereto by the United
Sitka National Monument.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY S. TRUMAN, President of the
United States of America, under and by virtue of the authority vested in
me by section 2 of the act of Congress approved June 8, 1906, 34 Stat.
225 (16 U. S. C. 431), do proclaim that, subject to valid existing
rights, (1) the lands now owned by the United States within the exterior
boundaries of the following-described tracts of land shown on the
diagram attached hereto and hereby made a part hereof shall constitute
the Sitka National Monument, and (2) the privately-owned lands within
such boundaries shall become parts of the monument upon acquisition of
title thereto by the United States:
TRACT No. 1
Beginning at corner No. 1, M. C., of U. S. Survey No.
1258, which is corner No. 2 of U. S. Survey No. 407, Tract B, on the
west shore of Baranoff Island on Sitka Bay, Alaska, at mean high tide,
in latitude 57° 02' 45" N., longitude 135° 19' 56" W., from
which U. S. R. L. M. No. 1 bears N. 79° 08' 10" W., 3,965.61 ft.
From the initial point,
With U. S. Survey No. 407, Tract B, meanders of Sitka
S. 72° 42' W., 236.28 ft.,
N. 60° 18' W., 153.78 ft.,
S. 73° 34' W., 39.38 ft. to east line of Kelly
Street, as delineated on Mission Plat Addition to Town of Sitka dated
June 14-21, 1923, produced southerly;
Thence with street lines as delineated on said
Mission Plat Addition to Town of Sitka, and, as enumerated
Along east line of Kelly Street, produced
N. 20° 21' E., 51.41 ft. to south line of Lincoln
Along south line of Lincoln Street,
S. 80° 44' E., 97.12 ft.,
S. 89° 58' E., 140.09 ft. to east line of
Along east line of Metlakahtla Street,
N. 23° 46' E., 528.47 ft. to south line of a road
leading to Indian River,
Along south line of said road,
N. 71° 06' E., 190.66 ft., more or less;
Thence leaving the said road, with northeast line of
Lot 1, Block IV of aforementioned plat,
S. 28° 49' E., 22.85 ft., more or less, to a
point in the west line of U. S. Survey No. 1258 and east line of U.S.
Survey No.407, Tract B;
Thence with the exterior boundaries of U. S. Survey
No. 1258 to the hereinafter enumerated corners,
N. 25° 18' E., 513.34 ft., crossing Indian River
to corner No. 6,
S. 42° 00' E., 1,805.10 ft. to corner No.7,
S. 30° 00' E., 673.86 ft. to corner No. 8, M.
C., at mean high tide of Sitka Bay;
Thence with the meanders of Sitka Bay,
N. 65° 38' W., 123.42 ft..
N. 10° 00' W., 142.56 ft.,
N. 76° 54' W., 66.00 ft.,
S. 9° 21' w., 88.44 ft.,
N. 52° 08' W., 224.40 ft.,
S. 71° 50' W., 234.96 ft.,
S. 12° 45' W., 85.80 ft.,
S. 39° 28' E., 169.62 ft..
S. 9° 13' E., 62.04 ft.,
S. 59° 51' W., 204.60 ft.,
N. 82° 45' W., 328.68 ft.,
s. 59° 49' W., 364.32 ft.,
N. 67° 35' W., 67.98 ft.,
N. 37° 35' W., 359.04 ft.,
N. 24° 17' W. , 448.14 ft.,
N. 15° 25' W., 292.38 ft..
N. 30° 54' W., 284.46 ft. to corner No. 1 , M.
C., the place of beginning. The tract as described contains 53.454
acres, more or less.
TRACT No. 2
Beginning at corner No. 6 of U. S. Survey No. 2545, which is corner
No 9 of U. S. Survey No. 407, Tract B, corner No. 2 of U. S. Survey No.
1473, corner No. 4 of U. S. Survey No. 1804, and corner No. 1 of U S.
Survey No. 1558, from which U. S. R. L. M. No. 1 bears S. 66°
28' 53" W., 3,170.64 ft. distant, and corner No. 1, M. C., of U. S.
Survey No. 1258 bears S. 26° 08' 06" E., 2,241.36 ft. distant.
From the initial point with south line of U.S. Survey No. 2545 and
north line of U. S. Survey No. 1804, this line being north line of
Observatory Road, so-called,
N. 15° 45' W., 35.74 ft., more or less, to the true point of
N. 60° 22' W., 260.00 ft.;
Thence leaving south line of U. S. Survey No. 2545 and continuing
along north line of said road,
N. 32° 38' W., 105.00 ft.,
Thence leaving the said road.
N. 70° 22' E., 213.60 ft. to a point, in the west line of U.S.
Survey No. 1558;
Thence with the west line of U. S. Survey No. 1558,
S. 15° 45' E., 300.01 ft.. to the true point of beginning.
The tract as described contains 0.880 acres, more or less.
36 Stat., Pt. 2, p. 2601.
3 CFR. 1943 Cum. Supp., p. 984.
Supervision and management.
The said Proclamation No. 959 of March 23, 1910, is
Executive Order No. 8854 of August 16, 1941,
reserving the lands comprising the said Tract No. 2 and other lands for
the use of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Department of Commerce,
as a magnetic and seismological observatory site, is hereby revoked as
to the lands comprising the said Tract No. 2.
The Director of the National Park Service, under the
direction of the Secretary of the Interior, shall have the supervision,
management, and control of this monument, as provided in the act of
August 25, 1916, ch. 408, 39 Stat. 535 (16 U. S. C. 1-3), and acts
supplementary thereto or amendatory thereof.
Warning is hereby expressly given to all unauthorized
persons not to appropriate, injure, destroy, or remove any feature of
this monument and not to locate or settle upon any of the lands
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and
caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this 25th day of
February in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-two, and of
the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and
HARRY S TRUMAN
By the President:
JAMES E. WEBB
Acting Secretary of State.
October 18, 1972
To authorize certain addItions to the SItka National Monument In the
State of Alaska, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of America in Congress
assemble, That in order to preserve in public ownership for the
benefit and inspiration of present and future generations of Americans
an area which illustrates a part of the early history of the United
States by commemorating czarist Russia's exploration and colonization of
Alaska, the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the
"Secretary") is authorized to acquire by donation, purchase or
exchange, for addition to the Sitka National Monument, the lands and
interests therein, and improvements thereon, including the Russian
mission, as generally depicted on the map entitled "Proposed Additions,
Sitka National Monument, Sitka. Alaska" numbered
31420,010A, in two sheets, and dated September 1971, which
shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of
the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Lands and
interests in lands within such area owned by the State of Alaska or any
political subdivision thereof may be acquired only by donation.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may erect
permanent improvements on lands acquired by him from the State of Alaska
for the purposes of this Act.
SEC. 2. The Sitka National Monument is hereby
redesignated as the Sitka National Historical Park, and it shall be
administered, protected, and maintained by the Secretary in accordance
with the provisions of the Act of August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535; 16
U.S.C. 1, 2-4), as amended and supplemented, and the Act of August 21,
1935 (49 Stat. 666; 16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.).
SEC. 3. There are hereby authorized to be
appropriated not to exceed $140,000 for land acquisition and $691,000
(June 1971 prices) for development, plus or minus such amounts, if any,
as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in construction
costs as indicated by engineering cost indexes applicable to the types
of construction involved herein.
Approved October 18 , 1972.
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