The site of present day Wrangell was originally home to the Tlingit people, who migrated into the area via the Stikine River. In the early 1800's Russian fur traders came into the area and began trading with the Tlingits, and in 1834, Baron Ferdinand Petrovich Wrangel, a head of the Russian Government, had a fort built there. The fort was leased by the British Hudson Bay company in 1939, bringing more trade into the area. Fort Stikine remained under British rule until the Alaska purchase in 1867.
Since then, Wrangell has grown into a community of just over 2,300 people, many of whom are of Tlingit descent. Accessible by air or water, the town is linked to other communities via the Alaska Marine Highway system, as well as flight services from Anchorage, Seattle or Juneau.
Wrangell has become a popular tourist spot, as there are many things to do and see. Visitors can go on excursions for wildlife viewing, including going to the observation deck at the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory, created and staffed by the U.S Forest Service. Other outdoor activities are available in the way of both day and overnight fishing charters, hiking, biking and exploring Tongass National Forest. There is also lots of shopping for those seeking that perfect gift, restaurants and the Wrangell Museum has an excellent collection that showcases the history and culture of the area.
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