Circle, Alaska

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Circle, Alaska
Danzhit Khaiinląįį
Mail team leaving Circle City for Ft. Gibson, Alaska, c.1900
Location of Circle, Alaska
Coordinates: 65°50′4″N 144°4′35″W / 65.83444°N 144.07639°W / 65.83444; -144.07639Coordinates: 65°50′4″N 144°4′35″W / 65.83444°N 144.07639°W / 65.83444; -144.07639
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Yukon-Koyukuk
Area
 • Total 108.2 sq mi (280.3 km2)
 • Land 107.7 sq mi (278.9 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 100
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99733
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-14880

Circle is a city in Alaska, United States. Circle is the end of the Pan-American Highway.

The town started in 1893 because gold was found in Birch Creek.[1] Circle was named by miners who believed the town was on the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle is actually about 50 mi (80 km) north.

Each February, the town has a checkpoint for the long-distance Yukon Quest sled dog race.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Haycox, Stephen, Alaska: An American Colony (University of Washington Press, 2002), pp. 201-02.