Also known as ‘Utqiagvik, Barrow, Alaska’ is the largest city in the state and the country’s northernmost point. Many already know it as a hunting community and the site of the fateful plane crash involving Will Rogers and Wiley Post; but there are many other things about Barrow you may not know. Read on to find out some interesting facts about the city.
1. Located 800 miles south of the North Pole, Barrow has the country’s longest day and night. The sun rises on May 10 and doesn’t set again until 3 months later, on November 18. Then, the sun does appear again for another two months.
2. Even though Barrow is the economic center of Alaska, no roads lead to the city. To reach it, you must fly or take a ship…providing the waterways are not frozen over!
3. Barrow is ground zero for climate change. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. Scientists worry about how the rising temperatures will affect animal life as well as the rest of the city who count on the ice to shield them against rough waves.
4. Archaeological sites in the area indicate that the Inupiat Indians lived in Barrow as far back as 500 AD.
5. On average, Barrow’s high temperatures rarely rise above freezing. These higher temperatures occur only 120 days a year and temperatures are usually at or below zero 160 days a year.
6. Not only is Barrow the northernmost point in the United States, it is the ninth northernmost city in the world. Other cities who can boast similar claims are located in Norway, Russia and Greenland.
7. Barrow was the location for the filming of the 2012 movie ‘Big Miracle’ starring John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore. The movie is based on the 1989 book, ‘Freeing the Whales’ by Tom Rose, which covers Operation Breakthrough, the 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska.
8. Point Barrow is a headland nine miles outside of town where the Chukchi and Beaufort seas meet.
9. Though popularly known as a hunting community, it may surprise you that the people of Barrow have an unusual diet with most of their game consisting of whales, seals, polar bears, walrus, water foul and caribou.
10. Barrow is 320 miles north of the Artic Circle.
So there you have it, 10 facts you probably never knew about Barrow, Alaska. It is likely the area has many other secrets to uncover, and one great way to find out more is to visit this beautiful city. Make Barrow a destination on your bucket list to add fun facts of your own!
So there you have it, 10 facts you probably never knew about Barrow, Alaska. It is likely the area has many other secrets to uncover, and one great way to find out more is to visit this beautiful city.