in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
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Geography and Climate
- The community of Whitestone is located on the west side of the Delta and Tanana Rivers, ten miles north of Delta Junction and 90 miles south of Fairbanks, in the interior of Alaska. This area, commonly known as the middle Tanana Valley, lies at an elevation of 1,040'.
- This area of Interior Alaska experiences seasonal extremes. Winter temperatures range from lows of -50 °F to highs of around 20 °F. Summer temperatures can be as low as 40 °F and rise to 80 °F. Annual precipitation averages 10 inches.
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History and Culture
- The Whitestone area was first settled in the 1970s by a group of homesteaders who were interested in purchasing land in Alaska to create a community. Eventually, they disbanded, and some of these homesteads became available and were purchased by a group from the East Coast. The present-day community of Whitestone began with this group of nineteen people from New Hampshire, who wanted to live and raise their families in a more rural setting. They pooled their resources to purchase homesteads and began dairy and agricultural programs. As the population of the community grew, more resources were made available and more business ventures were started. The first school consisted of two students and has grown to a K-12 facility with an annual enrollment of 60-70 students. Building homes in the community has broadened into a construction-contracting business. The local gas station has become a sports vehicles dealership and mechanics shop. The infrastructure and utilities have gone through similar growth patterns, from dirt paths and a small generator to maintained roads and a fully-functioning power utility.
- A rural lifestyle with the goods and services of Delta Junction and Fairbanks within a reasonable distance has made this a fast-growing community with many business and education opportunities and a solid economic base.
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Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- In the summer, the community is only accessible by boat on the Tanana River. Residents and visitors utilize the Alyeska Pipeline boat landing at mile 276 Richardson Highway or the boat dock at Rikas Roadhouse and Landing. During the winter, a road crosses the frozen Delta River for four to six months of the year. During the transitional periods of freeze-up and break-up, access to the community is on foot or by track vehicle. No airstrip is present at this time.
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