called "Little Switzerland"
Vern and his work partner reached Valdez
registered into the only Motel in town.
This is the new town created to
lost in the
March 27, 1964 9.2
Can you emagine that a wave 230 feet
entered this bay?
Straight north of Valdez is Mineral
Creek Canyon. Vern and his partner found the wonderful old Hammer
VALDEZ CONDEMNED AND
The town of Valdez was
condemned when it was discovered that the entire town
had been built on unstable ground.
In 1967, the town was relocated to its
present site, four miles east of the former site.
52 buildings were moved and
the other structures were burned and the ground razed. Valdez History
Congress approved the plans for the Trans-Alaska
with its southern terminus at Valdez.
Thousands of people
moved to Valdez to be part of the construction boom.
The town's population
soared to 8,000 people, then settled at 3,500 by January of 1989.
It was not until the advent of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline
that Valdez again became a major transportation center.
During the pipeline construction, Valdez had a short railroad
consisting of tow ex-ARR 45-tonners, no. 7324 and no. 7249 that worked
on the dock.