Like the Dalton Highway, Deadhorse exists to support oil operations in Prudhoe Bay . While the official population is 25, the town boasts a non-permanent population of 2,000-3,000 employees of the various oil operations.
Prudhoe Bay was named in 1826 by British explorer Sir John Franklin after his classmate Captain Algernon Percy, Baron Prudhoe . Franklin traveled westerly along the coast from the mouth of the Mackenzie River in Canada almost to Point Barrow.
Deadhorse , Prudhoe Bay, AK, is different from most other places. Deadhorse is a dry town . You can’t buy alcohol here. If someone working here is found with alcohol, they are fired or kicked out.
Deadhorse Alaska Information south of the North Pole and 250 mi. north of the Arctic Circle. During the winter months only the arctic fox, ravens, and the occasional polar bear are to be seen. Ice roads are built during the winter months to reduce the damage to the environment for access to remote drill sites.
Portions of the Dalton Highway may be temporarily closed due to road work or inclement weather. Traveling this farthest-north road involves real risks and challenges, and it can be dangerous , because the highway is essentially just a gravel road, reduced to zero visibility, enormous potholes and extreme Arctic weather.
Alaska’s proved crude oil reserves—about 2 billion barrels at the beginning of 2018—were the sixth-largest of any state.
Prudhoe Bay Oil Field
Alaska still runs on oil . Alaska’s North Slope has responsibly produced more than 18 billion barrels of oil since the discovery of the Prudhoe Bay oil field. The April 2020 forecast assumes that production will decline to 486,400 bpd in FY2020 and 486,500 bpd in FY2021.
This is because most of the dozens of predominantly Yupik Eskimo villages along the river have exercised an option under current state law which allows them to ban local sale and import of alcohol .
Barrow has gone dry. Because of an October election in which voters approved prohibition , the town that once barred the sale of alcohol but tolerated its importation and possession now bans booze completely. Possession of alcoholic beverages subjects offenders to fines of up to $1,000.
The Dalton Highway, a.k.a., the “haul road”, is 414 miles long and connects the Elliott Highway ( north of Fairbanks) to Deadhorse, Alaska — the farthest north you can drive on Alaska’s road system.
Bears . Polar bears , particularly young and undernourished ones will hunt people for food. Truly man – eating bear attacks are uncommon, but are known to occur when the animals are diseased or natural prey is scarce, often leading them to attack and eat anything they are able to kill.
Range and Habitat Brown bears (Ursus arctos), also known as grizzlies , occur throughout Alaska except on islands south of Frederick Sound in southeast Alaska , west of Unimak in the Aleutian Chain, and Bering Sea islands.
Polar bear attacks on humans are extremely rare, and according to records by James Wilder, out of 73 fatal bear attacks between 1870 and 2014, only 20 have been the result of polar bears . Polar bear attacks can also happen in captivity.