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Alaska Boroughs

Alaska is divided into nineteen organized boroughs and one "Unorganized Borough." The Borough Act of 1961 created "The Unorganized Borough" including all of Alaska not within a Unified, Home rule, First class or Second class Borough. The newest borough is Petersburg incorporated after voters approved borough formation in December 2012. Alaska and Louisiana are the only states that do not call their first-order administrative subdivisions counties (Louisiana uses parishes instead)

Denali Borough, Alaska

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The Denali Borough is a borough located in the state of Alaska. As of 2010 the population of the borough was 1,826. The borough seat is Healy, and its only incorporated place is Anderson. The borough was incorporated in 1990. Denali Borough was named for Denali (North Americas highest point).

The area was previously a part of the Unorganized Borough, with the Upper Railbelt School District serving as the region's rural education attendance area (which was replaced by a school district under the borough's umbrella upon incorporation).

Etymology - Origin of Denali Borough Name

Denali Park


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History of Denali Borough, Alaska

Denali Borough lies in the Interior Alaska, between the Fairbanks North Star and Mat-Su Boroughs. Much of the Borough is the Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, at 20,320 feet. It lays at approximately 630 51' N Latitude, 1480 58' W Longitude. The society is located in the Nenana Recording District. The area encompasses 12,780 square miles of land and 0 square miles of water.

The earliest residents were nomadic Indians who fished, trapped and hunted through the Interior. The first non-Native settlers were miners, who established a camp at Hoseanna Creek near Healy (later known as Lignite Creek) prior to 1902. Then Construction of the Alaska Railroad brought additional settlers to the area as early as the 1920s. Clear Air Force Base, the Usibelli Coal Mine and tourism at the Denali Park have brought growth and development. The Borough was incorporated by December 1990.

Geography: Land and Water

The borough has a total area of 12,777 square miles (33,090 km2), of which 12,751 square miles (33,020 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (0.2%) is water.

The borough contains North America's highest point: Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) at 6190.5 m (20,310 ft).

Neighboring Boroughs

Bordering boroughs are as follows:

  • Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska - west/north
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska - northeast
  • Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska - east
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska - south

Popular culture

In the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, the Denali vampire coven (consisting of Tanya, Kate, Irina, Eleazar and Carmen and later Garrett) lives in Denali because of the lack of sunlight.


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