Wheel Barrow away

The town has reverted to its original name:

The northernmost community in the United States has officially restored its original name.

In October, the people of the Alaskan town formerly known as Barrow, on the edge of the Arctic Ocean, voted to restore its indigenous name, Utqiagvik. Zachariah Hughes of Alaska Public Media reported that the traditional Iñupiaq name Utqiagvik refers to a place to gather wild roots.

The vote was close: 381-375. (The town has a population of a bit over 4,000.)

Point Barrow, the actual northernmost point in the States, nine miles to the northeast, is remaining Point Barrow for now.


  1. Dick Stanley »

    4 December 2016 · 2:09 pm

    Just point 09 percent of the electorate bothering to vote is even better than how it works in the lower 48. Those folks are onto something. Maybe they should bottle it.

  2. Dan T. »

    4 December 2016 · 3:58 pm

    I remember Casey Kasem noting a station in Barrow as the northernmost place where American Top 40 was aired. As he’s now deceased (RIP), he won’t have to deal with trying to pronounce that new/old name.

  3. McG »

    4 December 2016 · 5:33 pm

    The Town Formerly Known As Barrow.

  4. McG »

    4 December 2016 · 5:35 pm

    756 is 18.9% of 4,000. Gotta add both vote totals, and then ya gotta move the decimal point two places to get a percentage.

  5. Roger Green »

    4 December 2016 · 8:28 pm

    And how many are ELIGIBLE to vote? Some may be 0-17.

  6. CGHill »

    4 December 2016 · 8:46 pm

    Let’s say I didn’t hear any muttering about vote fraud.

  7. Trumwill »

    5 December 2016 · 12:08 am

    My sister-in-law lived in Barrow for a while, served as an assistant county attorney and fought Big Oil on the side. I’m kind of glad she worked there when it was a name I could pronounce.

  8. McG »

    5 December 2016 · 11:55 am

    It’s still “North Slope Borough” though, right?

  9. CGHill »

    5 December 2016 · 2:25 pm

    I’ve seen nothing to indicate the borough might change its name.

  10. CGHill »

    6 December 2016 · 1:52 pm

    Saw a TV weather map from Channel 11 in Anchorage. It’s using both names for now.

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