in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
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- also see Northway Village
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Geography and Climate
- The community is located on the Alaska Highway, 5.5 miles northeast of Northway, at the foot of Cheneathda Hill. It lies in the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Northway presently consists of three dispersed settlements: Northway Junction (milepost 1264), Northway (on the airport spur road), and the Native village.
- 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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- Sq Mi Water
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 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 development and settlement of Northway Junction was due to the airport and highway access.
- The area was traditionally Athabascan, though road construction and the airport have brought a permanent non-Native population.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Northway Junction lies on the Alaska Highway. Scheduled buses and trucking services are available. There is an asphalt runway at nearby Northway. Regular flights are available to Fairbanks, and charter services are available as well.
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