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Seward, Alaska

Seward is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 2,830.

It was named after William H. Seward, early member of the United States Republican Party, United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln. As Secretary of State, he fought for the U.S. purchase of Alaska which he finally negotiated to acquire from Russia for $7,200,000 on March 30, 1867. This translated into approximately 2.5 cents per acre ($6.18/km sq) for 586,400 square miles (1,519,000 km sq) of territory, three times the size of Texas. The purchase of this frontier land ("Seward's Icebox") was mocked as "Seward's Folly" and Andrew Johnson's "polar bear garden".

The town of Seward marks the start of the Historic Iditarod Trail.

Seward is located at 607'28?N, 14926'0?W (60.124505, -149.433465)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 55.8 km sq (21.5 mi sq). 37.4 km sq (14.4 mi sq) of it is land and 18.4 km sq (7.1 mi sq) of it (32.93%) is water.

Seward is unique among most small Alaskan communities in that it has road access in the Seward Highway which also brings it bus service, albeit most buses are marketed towards tourists and the costs are higher and service decreases or ceases in the winter. Seward is also the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad. This keeps the port busy with freight coming on and off the trains, but also makes Seward a primary end point for north-bound cruise ships. Cruise ship passengers get of the boats and take the train farther north to Denali or other Alaskan attractions.

Seward used to receive service from the Alaska Marine Highway (ferry) system, however, service has since been cut.

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