in the Denali Borough
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- (cant' well)
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Geography and Climate
- Cantwell is located on the George Parks Highway at the west end of the Denali Highway, 211 miles north of Anchorage and 28 miles south of Denali (Mount McKinley) Park. Part of the community is located on the Alaska Railroad. The areas known as Kantishna and Carlo Creek are located nearby.
- The climate in Cantwell is continental, characterized by long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Total annual precipitation averages 15 inches, and annual snowfall averages 78 inches. Extreme temperatures ranging from a low of -54 to a high of 89 °F have been recorded.
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History and Culture
- The Cantwell River was the former name of the Nenana River. The earliest inhabitants of the area were nomadic Natives who trapped, hunted, and fished throughout Interior Alaska. Cantwell began as a flag stop on the Alaska Railroad. Oley Nicklie was the first Native to permanently settle here. When fur prices dropped, he and his two brothers sought work with the railroad.
- Alaska Natives in the Cantwell area are primarily Athabascans.
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Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Cantwell is accessible by road, rail, and air. The George Parks Highway connects to Fairbanks and Anchorage, and the Denali Highway links Denali Park with the Richardson Highway during summer months only. A privately-owned dirt runway is open to the public. The town began as a stop on the Alaska Railway and the railroad still provides train service.
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