ASRC is owned by and represents the business interests of its approximately 11,000 Iñupiaq shareholders. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage...more...
ASRC and its family of companies, operates four diverse major business segments that extends into the petroleum refining and marketing, government technical services, energy services and construction industries. In addition, ASRC has other businesses...more...
The Arctic Slope region is a vast and ancient land that the Iñupiat people have called home for 10,000 years. There are eight distinct villages...more...
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation owns nearly 5 million acres of land on
Alaska's North Slope. ASRC lands are located in areas that have either known resources or are highly prospective for oil, gas,
coal and base metal sulfides. ASRC is committed to developing these resources...more...
The town of Barrow is the headquarters of ASRC, the North Slope Borough, and the North Slope Borough School District. Barrow is unique in that it is the northernmost community in the United States, and is the largest village on the arctic slope with around 4500 residents. Traditionally, the community is known as Utqiaġvik, which means "place to hunt snowy owls."
An important archaeological and anthropological site discovered in Barrow is the Birnick site, which contains dwelling mounds of a culture believed to have existed between 500-900 A.D. These scientific discoveries are evidence of the prehistoric culture that populated Alaska’s northernmost coast.
In 1825, the town was named after Sir John Barrow of the British Admiralty. Frederick William Beechey, a British Royal Navy Captain gave the village its English name. At the time, Beechey was plotting the Arctic coastline in search of the Northwest Passage.
During the commercial whaling era of the late 1800’s the Cape Smythe Whaling and Trading Station was built in 1893. In the 1940's and 1950's the military played an influential role in the area. Construction of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line and exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve brought new people to the region. During this same time, the Naval Arctic Research Lab (NARL) was built near Barrow. That facility is now the home of Iļisaġvik College. Iļisaġvik means "place to learn" in the Iñupiaq language.
Visitors to Barrow will arrive at the Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport. This airport was named to commemorate the famous pilot and American humorist who died in an airplane crash just 15 miles south of Barrow in 1935.
Although Barrow is a modern community, subsistence hunting, fishing and whaling are still very important to the local economy. Many residents continue to hunt and fish for their food.
During the summer months, tour operators offer package tours of Barrow and the surrounding area. To learn more about the region be sure to stop by the Iñupiat Heritage Museum where visitors might be interested in purchasing arts and crafts such as baleen boats, etched baleen, carved ivory, masks, parkas and fur mittens from local Native artists.
ContactsCity of Barrow P.O. Box 629 Barrow, AK 99723 Phone 907-852-5211 www.cityofbarrow.org
Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation P.O. Box 890Barrow, AK 99723, Phone 907-852-4460 www.ukpik.com
Iļisaġvik College100 Stevenson StreetP.O. Box 749Barrow, AK 99723907-852-3333www.ilisagvik.cc
Native Village of Barrow P.O. Box 1139 Barrow, AK 99723 Phone 907-852-4411
Barrow Arctic Science ConsortiumP.O. Box 577Barrow, Alaska 99723907-852-4881
KBRW Radio StationP.O. Box 109Barrow, Alaska 99723907-852-6811www.kbrw.org
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