Whittier and its population of a few hundred sit right on Prince William Sound. Situated on the northeast edge of the Kenai Peninsula. Visitors to Whittier can enjoy many activities both on the water and on the shore.
The big buildings that comprise Whittier were built in 1948. The army built a 14-story, 198 apartment building for family housing and Army bachelors quarters. The Buckner Building, which was completed in 1953, has 1,000 apartments. At one time it was the largest building in Alaska. It’s been dubbed the “city under one roof” because of its hospital, bowling alley, theater, gym, swimming pool and various shops. The facility remained active until 1960. In 1964 the building was converted to condominiums and today houses the majority of Whittier residents.
Besides the sound, Whittier is only accessible one route. The 2.5. mile long Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel connects Whittier to the rest of Alaska. The $70 million road was completed in summer 2000. The tunnel has one lane which is shared by buses, trains, and cars.
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