in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area
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Geography and Climate
- Hollis is located on the east side of Prince of Wales Island on Twelvemile Arm, 19 miles east of Craig by road, and 35 miles west of Ketchikan by water.
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- Hollis lies in the maritime climate zone, characterized by an average annual temperature of about 42 °F. This zone lacks prolonged periods of freezing weather at low altitudes and is characterized by cloudiness and frequent fog. The combination of heavy precipitation and low temperatures at high altitudes in the coastal mountains of southern Alaska accounts for the numerous mountain glaciers. The coldest month in 2013 was March, with a mean minimum temperature of 29.6 °F. The warmest month was August, with a mean maximum temperature of 69.9 °F.
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History and Culture
- Hollis was a mining town with a population of over 1,000 around 1900. Gold and silver were mined until about 1915. In 1953, it became a logging camp when a long-term timber contract was enacted with Ketchikan Pulp Co. It served as the base for timber operations on Prince of Wales Island until 1962, when the camp was moved 45 miles north to Thorne Bay. The area was permanently settled in recent years through a state land disposal sale. Dock facilities at Hollis provide support for logging operations and state ferry services.
- Hollis is a non-Native community that provides logging operations support and state ferry services.
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- Hollis is the location of the state ferry landing for Prince of Wales Island. A state-owned seaplane base, harbor, dock, and boat ramp are available on Clark Bay. An airstrip is located at nearby Klawock. The island has a system of logging roads which provide access to surrounding communities. The Inter-Island Ferry Authority operates a once-daily, year-round ferry service between Ketchikan and Hollis.
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