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  • Writer's pictureLynn Lovegreen

Seward, Alaska

The small town of Seward, Alaska was named for William Seward, President Lincoln's Secretary of State who arranged the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States. Its ice-free Resurrection Bay and surrounding natural resources attracted indigenous people for centuries. Later, Russian, English, and American ship crews explored the area. Settlers started establishing homesteads there in the late 1800s, and the town was founded in 1903.

Seward is known for the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad and the Kenai Fjords National Park. It has great fishing, too. Tourists and other Alaskans flock there each summer to enjoy the area. On the 4th of July, the town is packed as folks gather to run or watch the Mount Marathon Race. The Alaska Sealife Center is a must-see. Seward is also a great place for art and culture--the murals on downtown buildings showcase local artists, and my friend and fellow YA novelist Dan L. Walker lives there!

Learn more about Seward here: Check out Dan's blog at

Forested hill rising out of clam ocean
Kenai Fjords National Park

small boats along rows of docks
Seward Small Boat Harbor

small town nestled along shore, mountain in background
view of Lowell Point from Resurrection Bay

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