in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
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- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (min' toe)
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
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Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
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- Manley Hot Springs
Facilities and Amenities
Geography and Climate
- Minto is located on the west bank of the Tolovana River, 130 miles northwest of Fairbanks. It lies on an 11-mile spur road off of the Elliott Highway.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
- The climate is cold and continental with extreme temperature differences. The average daily maximum during July is in the low 70s; the average daily minimum during January is well below 0 °F. Extended periods of -40 °F and very strong wind chill factors are common during the winter. Average annual precipitation is 12 inches, with 50 inches of snowfall.
History and Culture
- Minto is in the western-most portion of traditional Tanana Athabascan territory. During the late 1800s, some members of the Minto band traveled to Tanana, Rampart, and Fort Yukon to trade furs for manufactured goods, tea, and flour. With the discovery of gold north of Fairbanks in 1902, steamboats began to navigate the Tanana River, bringing goods and new residents into the area. Old Minto became a permanent settlement when some members of the Minto band built log cabins there, on the bank of the Tanana River. Other families lived in tents on a seasonal basis. A BIA school was established in 1937, but most families still did not live in Minto year-round until the 1950s. The Minto band was eventually joined by families from Nenana, Toklat, Crossjacket, and Chena. The village was relocated to its present location, 40 miles north of the old site, in 1969 due to repeated flooding and erosion. The present site had been used as a fall and winter camp since the early 1900s. New housing and a new school were completed by 1971.
- Minto residents are mainly Tanana Athabascans. Several families have seasonal fishing/hunting camps and trapping areas on the Tanana River and Goldstream Creek.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
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- Native Village of Minto
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
- Minto is located off of the Elliot Highway, about 126 miles northwest of Fairbanks. Minto has a state-maintained public airport with a gravel runway in good condition. The Tolovana River provides boat access to the Tanana and Nenana Rivers. The area is too shallow for barge service. Trucks, cars, snow machines, ATVs, and riverboats are used for transportation, recreation, and subsistence purposes. Minto receives funds from the Essential Air Services program that subsidizes the cost of commercial flights.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
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