Petersburg Travel Guide

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Petersburg Overview

Nicknamed "Little Norway", Petersburg continues to proudly display its Scandanavian heritage. While the site was originally inhabited by native Tinglits as a seasonal fishing camp for several millenia, the town's modern origin is relatively recent. Around 1900 a Norwegian immigrant (first name Peter, in case you weren't sure) relocated here to start a fishing cannery.

The venture was successful, partially due to a ready supply of ice for storing the fish, readily provided by icebergs from a nearby glacier. Peter Buschmann, the founding father, encouraged his compatriots to join and the town grew by attracting many Norwegians from the other side of the globe. The ethnic signature is validated every May 17th by the town's celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day.

Fishing remains the community's lifeblood - despite a population of roughly 3,000, this small village reaps the 21st largest seafood harvest in the USA and currently averages four boats per resident in their docks!