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Being one of the oldest-inhabited places in the U.S., there is no shortage of history in Utqiagvik. Visit the places in the area that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for a full dose of local history. Start at The Cape Smythe Whaling and Trading Station in the central section of Utqiagvik known as Browerville. Built in 1893 as a whaling station, the structure at the site is the oldest frame building in the Arctic.

For a little more recent history, head just west of the Alaska Airlines airport terminal to Ahkovak and Momegana Streets to see the Will Rogers and Wiley Post Monument. The pair died in a plane accident 15 miles southwest of Utqiagvik while flying to Siberia. The six-sided monument honors pioneer Wiley Post and the comedian Will Rogers. Additional monuments were constructed at the crash site but with no roads to reach them, the in-town memorial was constructed.


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