Circle, Alaska

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Circle, Alaska
Danzhit Khaiinląįį
Mail team leaving Circle City for Ft. Gibson, Alaska, c.1900
Mail team leaving Circle City for Ft. Gibson, Alaska, c.1900
Location of Circle, Alaska
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 | change source]

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