Cantwell (Alaska)

Denali Borough


Cantwell ( Cantwell also CDP) is a census -designated place (CDP ) in Denali Borough in Alaska in the United States.


Cantwell is located on the George Parks Highway at the western end of the Denali Highway about 211 miles north of Anchorage and 28 miles south of Denali National Park. Part of the area is connected to the network of the Alaska Railroad. In Cantwell has a continental climate with long, cold winters and relatively warm summers.


The area was named after the Cantwell River, which was the former name of the Nenana River, named. The area was first settled by nomadic Indians, who fished in inland Alaska and hunts. Cantwell began as a request stop (flag stop) of the Alaska Railroad. Oley Nicklie and his two brothers were the first Indians who settled in the area after they found work at the Railroad. A nationwide recognized Indian Reservation - the Native Village of Cantwell - is located in the area. The Indians are mainly from the tribe of Athabascan.


At the time of the census in 2000 ( U.S. Census 2000) had Cantwell CDP 222 inhabitants on a land area of ​​306.3 km ². The average age was 40.0 years ( national U.S. average: 35.3 years ). The per capita income ( per capita income engl. ) amounted to U.S. $ 22,615 ( U.S. National Average: U.S. $ 21,587 ). 2.0 % of residents were with their income below the poverty line ( national U.S. average: 12.4 %). 16.7 % of the population is German, 14.9% Irish and 11.3% are of English descent. 27 % of the residents of Cantwell Alaska Natives are the offspring.

Economy and infrastructure

Cantwells economy is based on tourism and highway transportation. Seasonal work opportunities the construction industry. Most of the Indian population are dependent on additional sources of income such as fishing and hunting. Cantwell is accessible by road, rail and air traffic. The George Parks Highway, linking the area to Fairbanks and Anchorage. The Denali Highway connects the Denali National Park during the summer months with the Richardson Highway. For air transport are public and two privately owned launch and landing lanes. There is also a privately owned heliport in an igloo. The Alaska Railroad still offers train connections. In the area there is a school, which is attended by 35 pupils. The medical care is ensured primarily by the Cantwell Clinic.