The Whittier Experience
Today, Whittier is not merely a military town. The port handles freight and recreation, with fishing, cruise excursions, and boating among the options. A drive around the town leads one to abandoned military buildings, one of while is 14-stories tall. This building has apartments (home to the majority of Whittier residents) and is connected by a tunnel to the Whittier School, allowing students to get to classes regardless of the weather. The other large structure, the Buckner Building was once called a ‘city’ as it included a theatre, places to eat, and sundry services that operated during the 1950s. It has been abandoned, but locals will share the stories of its past. Five other buildings constructed and used during the Cold War still exist and all seven survived the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. Signs have been erected for walking tours, so plan to spend some time on foot.
In spite of its rising and falling eras of military importance, Whittier has thrived. Over 700,000 visitors come through Whittier annual, while the resident population remains under 220, according to the US Census Bureau. Perhaps nowhere else will you find a population that is more community-centric! Every resident has a hand in making the town function. With Anchorage about 53 miles away, there is always an opportunity to get a fresh view, but back they come to participate in an experience of ‘home’ in Whittier.
You can come home to an Anchorage Bed & Breakfast. Call 907-227-2393 for options on the Inspected & Approved inns throughout the Municipality, where you can relax in comfort.