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I know that is a strong statement and I’ve seen quite a few weird things up here in Alaska, however, Whittier is a weird little town. We had some time to kill on a stormy afternoon and we decided to head down to Whittier, AK to check it out. The winds were cooking down Turnagain Arm at about 75 knots and then the rain started. The weirdness begins when you get to a tunnel that goes 2.5 miles through a mountain before you arrive in Whittier. The tunnel is a single lane and it is shared between outgoing and incoming traffic along with the train. The town of Whittier has just under 200 residents and a majority live in the same building – a 12 story condominium that was once a military housing complex. On the other end of town sits the Buckner Building which is a cold war era Army building which is now abandoned. It was a very creepy place. All said, I can’t wait to go back when the weather is nice (if it ever clears up) and go skiing in the mountains or out on the waters of Prince William Sound.

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  1. September 25, 2012

    I have been to Whittier and agree. It was an odd place. We were supposed to go kayaking but the winds became too much. I went on a great hike instead and met some interesting people. But, I was glad to not stay there. It was creepy.

  2. September 25, 2012

    The Stalinist overtones are overwhelming in these fabulous shots!

  3. September 27, 2012

    gorgeous images

  4. Vlad Radion #
    October 19, 2012

    Great post, love the images!

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