Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
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Beautiful Whittier, AK

Welcome to beautiful downtown Whittier, Alaska!

 

Whittier has a special place in my heart. When I was growing up, my dad had a boat based at the small boat harbor and a condo in Whittier, and I spent many happy hours there. That part of Prince William Sound is still my favorite place in the world. Dad sold the boat many years ago (that old adage about a boat being a hole in the water into which you pour money) but he kept the condo, and now my generation owns it. I still go out there as often as I can.

 

One day I’ll have to write a book about the history of Whittier. To summarize briefly, it was a portage area for millennia, a deep-water port, and the tunnel to it was one of the engineering feats accomplished during World War II.  It remained a military base during the Cold War. Now it’s a fishing and tourism hub.

 

I went out to Whittier this week, and hit town on one of those golden sunny days when you can’t imagine why anyone would live anywhere else. You’ll see what I mean when you see these photos. The town itself is a little ugly (unless you like Cold War-era concrete buildings). But the setting—well, those mountains and the bay are amazingly beautiful. Hope you enjoy these!

 

 

Here are some shots from the east side of town:

Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These last couple shots are from the west near the tunnel:

 

Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen
Whittier, photo by Lynn Lovegreen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wherever you live, I hope your favorite place is beautiful this time of year.

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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