Seward Alaska Travel information
The staff of Aurora Charters welcome you to our neck of the woods! While we would love to take you fishing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; we realize there are other sights and activities that should be explored while visiting Seward. Here is brief review of the more interesting facts and things you must do while in town.
History of Seward
Seward was founded in 1903 and became an incorporated city in 1912. Named after, Secretary of State, William H. Seward who purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for 7.2 million dollars or 2 cents per acre. Newspaper editorials of the day called the acquisition of Alaska "Seward's Folly" or "Seward's Icebox" and considered it a waste of taxpayer's money. In the late 1800's gold was discovered in the Klondike, the interior of Alaska, and in Nome. The historical Iditarod trail starts in Seward at mile 0 of the Seward Highway or downtown, yes Seward has a downtown. The annual 4th of July Mount Marathon race started out as a bar bet about 90 years ago, according to local lore, and has become one of Alaska's oldest foot races and North America's toughest endurance marathon. In 1926 Benny Benson, age 13, of Seward's Jesse Lee Home; won the contest for designing the future state flag. Alaska was a territory until 1959, becoming the 49th state, hence the term lower 48 (used to describe the continental United States).
Visit the Seward Museum /Resurrection Bay Historical Society, 336 Third Ave., P.O. Box 55, Seward, AK 99664-0055;(907)224-3902 for the complete history of Seward.
Seward is located 127 miles south of Anchorage on the Eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula. Seward sits on the shore of Resurrection Bay and is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, Prince William Sound, and the North Gulf Coast of Alaska. It is connected to Anchorage by both road, rail, and air and its population to date is 2,661. Tourism, Commercial Fishing, Alaska Railroad's coal terminal, Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC), Government Offices and a ship chandlery make up the majority of local jobs in Seward's diverse economy. Resurrection Bay is considered to be Alaska's Northern most ice-free port and it was a major industrial and shipping hub for the state; until the Good Friday earthquake of 1964. Seward and its economy were all but completely destroyed by the earthquake. Registering 8.6 on the Richter scale back then; experts now believe that it was at least 9.2 on the scale, making it the strongest quake in North America's history. Visit the Seward Library, located on the corner 5th and Adams to view the Earth Quake Movie. Be sure to check out the art work on the walls. They were drawn by the school children who lived in town at that time. Call (907)224-4082 for more information.
Take a walking tour of Seward and check out the outdoor murals located thru out the town. Designed by well known Alaskan Artists, painted by locals; sponsored by the Seward Mural Society, thus making Seward one of the more colorful communities in the state. Other points of interest include the Alaska Sealife Center, Kenai Fjords National Park Center at Exit Glacier. For further information contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce & Conference & Visitor Bureau , 2001 Seward Highway or P.O. Box 749, Seward, AK 99664;(907)224-8051. Or visit its website at www.seward.com.
Seward Calendar of Events:
- April, Mayor's Cup Sled Dog Race.
- May, Seward Harbor Opening Weekend.
- June, Seward's Halibut Tournament.
- July, Mount Marathon Race.
- August, Seward's Silver Salmon Derby.
- September, Seward Music and Craft Festival.
- December, Seward Area Crafters Christmas Bazaar.
- January, Polar Bear Jump.