Point Barrow

Point Barrow, northernmost point of Alaska, on the Arctic Ocean, at lat. 71°23′N and long. 156°30′W. Visited in 1826 by Frederick W. Beechey, a British explorer, and named by him for the British geographer Sir John Barrow , it has since been the object of many expeditions and has figured prominently in arctic aviation. Navigation is open for only two or three months a year. To the southwest is the village of Barrow. Farther south is a monument to Will Rogers and Wiley Post , who lost their lives there in an airplane crash in 1935.

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