William H. Seward was secretary of state under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, and it was after him that this wild outpost was named, as he fought to gain the territory of Alaska from Russia, although the area was settled long before that by Alexander Baranov of the Shelikhov-Golikov company (Russian-American Company), who established a fur trade post on Resurrection Bay.
What is it good for? Fishing! Lots of rain! Less than 3000 people call Seward home, which is not much growth from around 500 in 1910. It's basically a quaint little Alaskan port and military base town at the edge of beautiful mountains and spectacular scenery.
Lonely Planet Alaska, 9th Edition, 2009