Seward

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Quick Facts
  • Location: 60 ° 6' 15" N, 149 ° 26' 32" W
  • Region: Kenai Peninsula
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  • Elevation: 89 ft (27.13 m)
  • Events: Mount Marathon Race

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About
population 1,891 on Kenai Peninsula, at NW end of Resurrection Bay, Chugach Mts.

History
Named for William Henry Seward, 1801-72, U.S. Secretary of State, 1861-69, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska. "The town was founded in 1902 by surveyors for The Alaska RR. (built 1915-23) as the ocean terminus of the RR. with an airfield and an ice-free harbor, it is an important supply center for the Alaska interior" (Bridgewater and Sherwood, 1950, p. 1799). A post office was established here in 1895, discontinued in 1896, but reestablished in 1903 (Ricks, 1965, p. 57). Its population was 534 in 1910; 652 in 1920; 835 in 1930; 949 in 1939; and 2,114 in 1950.

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