American Flag Raising Site

Also known as: Baranov Castle, Castle Hill, AHRS Site Sit 002
Castle Hill, Sitka, Alaska



On October 18, 1867, the Russian flag was lowered on Castle Hill, home of Alaska's Russian governors, the American flag was raised, and a brief exchange of statements completed the transfer of Alaska to the United States. This event marked our Nation's first expansion into non-contiguous territory; Russia's withdrawal from the northwest coast of North America represented the recession of the outermost reach of the Slavic eastern frontier. Alaska was admitted to the Union on January 3, 1959, and on July 4 of that year the 49-star American flag was flown from this site for the first time. Though no structures remain, the site, rich in historical archeology, is now a park commemorating these events. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 13, 1962

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current functions
Park; Monument/marker
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1800-1824
Significant years
1804; 1806; 1867
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 1