Learn About Whittier’s History
Covered by clouds and surrounded by peaks, Whittier was founded as a secret military instillation during World War II. The Prince William Sound Museum features numerous displays describing Whittier's unusual military history, but for many, the most striking exhibit is on Anton Anderson and the “dynamite kings” who built the tunnel. However, the region was previously inhabited by the Sugpiaq people, or Aleuts, as Russian settlers called them. The region is officially recognized as the Kenai Mountains Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area for its natural, cultural, historic and scenic relevance. The Trail of Blue Ice bike path travels through the historic area near scenic boardwalks and creeks. Operated by the historical society, the Whittier Museum depicts early pioneer life in the community with paintings, antiques, artifacts and an earthquake simulator. Visit the Historic Bailey House, built in 1887 by Quaker settlers, to learn about early life in the Last Frontier.
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