National Geographic : 1938 Aug
Photograph from U.S.Army Signal Corps SNOWDRIFTS WHICH GATHER IN THE LEE OF HOUSES LAST INTO SUMMERAT POINT BARROW Arctic Alaska's "capital" is the most northerly settlement in United States territory. The Wilkins expedition stayed atBarrow during December, 1937, and early January, 1938, intending to base there for the winter moonlight flights over the Arctic Ocean. However, huge snowdrifts prevented atake-off with the necessary maximum load, so the flyers returned to Aklavik (page 164). Supply ships and trading schooners reach the village during a fewweeks of summer, though even then pack ice may cause long delays. Scattered white buildings include a school, a church, trading stores, and an important radio station ofthe United States Army Signal Corps.