in the Denali Borough
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- (hee' lee); a.k.a. Healy Fork
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Geography and Climate
- Healy lies at the mouth of Healy Creek on the Nenana River, 78 miles southwest of Fairbanks. It is located on a 2.5-mile spur road, just north of the entrance to the Denali National Park and Preserve on the George Parks Highway.
- Interior Alaska experiences seasonal temperature extremes. January temperatures range from -22 to -2 °F; July temperatures range from 50 to 72 °F. Average annual precipitation is 11.3 inches.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Healy was established in 1904 and is the home of the Usibelli Coal Mine, Alaska's only operating coal mine. The mine produces 1.3 million tons of coal per year, supplying coal to Golden Valley Electric Association, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Aurora Energy, Clear AFS, Eielson AFB, and Ft. Wainwright Army Base. The mine also ships coal to South Korea and Chile through the Port of Seward. The Usibelli Coal Mine began a successful environmental reclamation program in 1971. Dall sheep now graze where there was once a strip mine.
- Healy is a coal-mining town that has evolved into an economically-diverse community. Tourism also greatly affects the economy during summer months.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Healy is located on the George Parks Highway 110 miles south of Fairbanks. Cargo is delivered by rail or truck. The state-owned Healy River Airport has an asphalt runway. Local services provide helicopter or air tours of the Denali Park. Companies based in Anchorage and Fairbanks also provide bus tours to the park.
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