Anderson, Alaska

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Anderson is a city in Denali Borough, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 367. The city is named after one of the original homesteaders.[citation needed]



Anderson is named after Arthur Anderson, one of several homesteaders who settled in the area in the late 1950s. In 1959, Mr. Anderson subdivided his homestead into house lots and sold most of the lots to civilian workers from Clear Air Force Station, a Ballistic Missile Early Warning System completed in 1961. An elementary school was built in the community in 1961, and Anderson incorporated as a city in 1962.

In the 1960s, a road was completed between Anderson and Nenana, which gave access to Fairbanks. Vehicles were ferried across the Tanana River at Nenana until 1968, when a steel bridge was built there. In 1971 the George Parks Highway was constructed, which facilitated road access to Anchorage.


Anderson is located at 64°20′43″N 149°11′43″W / 64.34528°N 149.19528°W / 64.34528; -149.19528 (64.345372, -149.195352)[2]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 47.3 square miles (122.4 km²), of which, 46.7 square miles (121.0 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (1.14%) is water.

Anderson lies 9 km (6 miles) west of the George Parks Highway, south of Nenana. 9 km (6 miles) south of Anderson is Clear Air Force Station, home of the 13th Space Warning Squadron (13SWS). Clear Air Force Station is located within the city boundaries.

Anderson is immediately north of the Clear Air Force Station and is seventy-five miles southwest of Fairbanks.

Area attractions

On the last weekend of every July, the town hosts the Anderson Bluegrass Festival, which lasts from Friday through Sunday.

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