Utqiagvik, Alaska: Wiley Post and Will Rogers Crash Memorial

The record-setting pilot and beloved humorist died in a plane crash nearby.

Address:
Okpik St., Utqiagvik, AK
Directions:
Across the street and north one block from the terminal building at the Wiley Post/Will Rogers Airport in Utqiagvik, AK at the visitors welcome center.
Admission:
Free
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Large, outdoor granite memorial with an engraved portrait of Will Rogers.

Wiley Post and Will Rogers Memorial

On August 25, 1935, aviation pioneer Wiley Post and humorist Will Rogers died in a plane crash 16 miles outside of Barrow, Alaska. Post's plane was said to be "experimental" and the true cause of the crash remains unknown, although running on an empty fuel tank is the suspected culprit. While Barrow has approximately 27 miles of roads, none of them lead to the actual crash site, so a memorial inside the city limits was dedicated on August 15, 1982.

[Wade H. Jeffrey, PhD, 09/01/2003]

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