Community hopes to save historic cannery in Kake

Aug 19, 2013 -- 10:00am
- KAKE, Alaska (AP) - The southeast Alaska community of Kake is trying to save its historic Keku Cannery. The cannery was named one of the nation's most endangered historic places earlier this year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Gary Williams, the executive director of the Organized Village of Kake, fears the building will collapse. He says if it comes down, it would be a disaster, with asbestos getting into clam beds and affecting subsistence fishing. The Juneau Empire reports the tribe has worked with the Alaska State Historic Preservation Office and an engineering firm to get a structural assessment of the building. At a minimum Williams hopes to see the building stabilized. The cannery closed more than 30 years ago and is filled with old machinery and vehicles.

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