in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
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- also see Northway Village
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Geography and Climate
- Northway is located on the east bank of Nabesna Slough, 50 miles southeast of Tok. It lies off the Alaska Highway on a 9-mile spur road, adjacent to the Northway airport. It is 42 miles from the Canadian border in the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Northway presently consists of three dispersed settlements: Northway Junction (milepost 1264), Northway (the airport), and the Native village (2 miles north).
- Northway lies in the Continental climate zone, with long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Temperatures range from -27 to 70 °F. The average low temperature in January is -27 °F; the average high during July is 69 °F. Extreme temperatures have been recorded from -72 to 91 °F. Average precipitation is 10 inches per year; snowfall averages 30 inches annually.
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History and Culture
- The area around Northway was first utilized by semi-nomadic Athabascans who pursued seasonal subsistence activities in the vicinity of Scottie and Gardiner Creeks and Chisana, Nabesna, and Tanana Rivers. The Native settlement of Northway Village is located 2 miles south of Northway. The Native village was named in 1942 after Chief Walter Northway, who adopted his name from a Tanana and Nabesna riverboat captain. The development and settlement of Northway was due to construction of the airport during World War II. The Northway airport was a link in the Northwest Staging Route, a cooperative project between the U.S. and Canada. A chain of air bases through Canada to Fairbanks were used to supply Alaska during World War II and the construction of the Alcan Highway. A post office was first established in 1941.
- The area was traditionally Athabascan, though road construction and the airport have brought a permanent non-Native population.
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Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Northway is connected to the Alaska Highway by an unpaved road. Scheduled buses are available, and trucking services deliver freight to the community. There is a state-owned asphalt-gravel runway, with an FAA station and U.S. Customs office. Regular flights are available to Fairbanks, and there are charter services available as well.
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