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Barrow, city (1990 pop. 3,469), N Alaska; inc. 1958. It is the northernmost (71° 16− N) U.S. settlement and the trade center of the Alaska North Slope. Government agencies, Eskimo crafts, and tourism are important to the economy. A U.S. navy arctic research laboratory is there. Point Barrow, 9 mi (14 km) NE, is the northernmost (71° 23− N) point in the United States. The Will Rogers–Wiley Post crash (1935) site and monument lie to the southwest.

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