Heiden is 499 miles southwest of Anchorage, at the mouth of the Meshik
River on the north side of the Alaska Peninsula. It lies at
approximately 56░ 55' N Latitude, 158░ 41' W Longitude (Sec. 27, T037S,
R059W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Kvichak
Recording District. The area encompasses 51 sq. miles of land and 1 sq.
miles of water.
The old village of Meshik was located
at the current site of Port Heiden. Influenza epidemics during the early
1900s forced residents to relocate to other villages. During World War
II, Fort Morrow was built, and 5,000 personnel were stationed at the
base. A school was established in the early 1950s and more people from
surrounding villages moved to Port Heiden.