The first European to see it was English geographer Frederick William Beechey, in 1825. It is named for Sir John Barrow, a statesman and geographer of the British Admiralty. The water around it is normally ice-free for only two or three months a year.
The headland is also an important archaeological site, yielding burials and artifacts associated with the Thule culture.
A horse named Point Barrow took part in the 2008 Grand National but failed to complete the course.
Hores: Racing:Following Footsteps of Irish National Heroes; Point Barrow Targeting Showpiece Triumph at Aintree
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Contract Notice: Defense Logistics Agency (Virginia) Issues Solicitation for "Emergency Fuel Buy Point Barrow Alaska"
Dec 05, 2012; WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Defense Logistics Agency, DLA Acquisition Locations has a requirement for "Emergency Fuel Buy Point Barrow...