Whittier, the "Town in a Building
Whittier is possibly the most unique town in the world! During WW II the site was chosen for a fuel dump because of it's fantastic deep water port, AND the fact that 90% of the time it's shrouded in fog. A 2.5 mile tunnel was drilled through solid rock from the Portage Glacier area. Until 2002, this was a one way train tunnel only; now it is enlarged for car traffic, but it is still one way with a traffic light at each end. It is the longest tunnel of its type in N. America. The Buckner Bldg. was built in 1953, and at the time it was the largest building in Alaska. Today, it is abandoned. Whittier has less than 200 year round inhabitants, but it couldn't be in a more beautiful place. Whittier is now a major cruise ship dock and the Gateway to Prince William Sound and College Fjord.