The first recorded settler at the cove was a man named Robert King, who lived there in the 1880s.In 1911, Pacific American Fisheries built a large cannery and employed Aleut and other Native peoples, Asian workers, and Scandinavian workers.Many Native people came from the villages of Belkofski, Sanak and False Pass.The community incorporated as a first class city in 1947. The cannery has been operating since 1911 (it burned in the 1970s but was immediately rebuilt).It is the largest salmon cannery in North America and also processes crab, bottom fish, herring, and other fish year round.A dozen traditional use hunting and trapping camps have been noted around the shores of Cold Bay and Kinzarof Lagoon, dating from the first half of the twentieth century.
The King Cove Airport Road runs 4.5 miles to the airport north of town.
Visitors are advised to arrange for transportation from the airport before flying to King Cove.
For More Information Please contact the City of King Cove at (907) 497-2340 or click on the links below.
Caption on image: Cold Bay, Alaska Comment by researcher (11/2015) I think this is actually at what is now Puale Bay, on Shelikof Strait, and not at what is now called Cold Bay.
Thwaites may have been to both, but the landscape here is more mountainous and the modern Cold Bay is very flat and has a very shallow bay not conducive to the steamships Thwaites worked on .
PH Coll 247.282 Cold Bay is located in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, on the western end of the Alaska Peninsula.