An Icy B-200 in Alaska. Peering through icicles on the hangar in Barrow, Alaska, Mike Obland, of NASA’s Langley Research Center, captures an icy view of the King Air B-200 readying for takeoff. Credit: NASA/Mike Obland
The name Barrow was derived from Point Barrow. Therefore it was originally a general designation. Although the non-native Alaskan residents found it easier to pronounce than the Inupiat name. Also post office established in 1901 helped the name “Barrow” to become dominant. Point Barrow was named after Sir John Barrow of the British Admiralty by explorer Frederick William Beechey in 1825.