This street, like all the others in Utqiaġvik, has been left unpaved due to the prevalence of permafrost.It creates problematic maintenance issues for paved streets.In an October 2016 referendum, city voters narrowly approved to change its name from Barrow to its traditional Iñupiaq name, Archaeological sites in the area indicate the Iñupiat lived around Barrow as far back as AD 500.
Barrow was more or less where it is now, a natural hunting place at the base of a peninsula that pokes out into the Beaufort Sea. Yankee whalers sailed here, learning about the bowhead whale from Iñupiat hunters ...
Later, the military came, setting up a radar station, and in 1947 a science center was founded at Barrow.
A post office established in 1901 helped the name "Barrow" to become dominant.
Point Barrow was named after Sir John Barrow of the British Admiralty by explorer Frederick William Beechey in 1825.
Barrow, like many communities in Alaska, has enacted a "damp" law, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages.