in the Kenai Peninsula Borough
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Geography and Climate
- Bear Creek is on the east coast of the Kenai Peninsula, northeast of Seward, between Mile 3 and 7 of the Seward Highway. It lies approximately 120 highway miles south of Anchorage.
- The area experiences a maritime climate. Winter temperatures average from 17 to 38 °f. Summer temperatures average from 49 to 63 °F. Annual precipitation includes 66 inches of rain and 80 inches of snowfall.
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History and Culture
- Bear Creek is a local name, first published by D.H. Sleem on his map of central Alaska, dated 1910. Bear Lake is the source of the stream. Nearby Seward became an incorporated city in 1912. The Alaska Railroad was constructed between 1915 and 1923, and Seward developed as the ocean terminus and supply center. By 1960, Seward was the largest community on the peninsula. As an ice-free harbor, Seward has become an important supply center for Interior Alaska.
- Bear Creek is a relatively large settlement. There are a number of social and cultural opportunities in nearby Seward.
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Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Bear Creek is connected to the Alaska Highway system and is 5 miles north of Seward. The Seward Airport also provides daily air service and charters. The Port of Seward serves cruise ships, the state ferry, cargo barges, and ocean freighters from Seattle and overseas. Its small boat harbor has moorage and two boat launch ramps. The Alaska Railroad provides over 1.4 billion pounds of cargo transit each year, importing cargo for the Interior and exporting coal to the Pacific Rim.
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