Territory Boom Town — Where Rails meet Sails

Katalla was on Controller Bay and accessible by water if the weather was right. This was rough country, but planned railroad service from Alaska’s prolific interior copper mines promised new opportunities. Unloading supplies at the dock in Katalla, Alaska Territory. Photo courtesy Alaska Digital Archives. As the Alaska Pacific Railway and Terminal Company started building…

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Trans-Alaska Pipeline: The Engineering Marvel that Revolutionized Alaska’s Oil Industry

The Creation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorized by Richard Nixon in 1973 The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is an engineering marvel that transformed Alaska’s economy and revolutionized the way crude oil is transported. Authorized by President Richard Nixon in 1973, the construction of the pipeline was one of the largest and most complex engineering projects…

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Oil discovered on Alaska’s North Slope

March 13, 1968 On this day in 1968, oil was discovered on Alaska’s North Slope. The Atlantic Richfield Company and Humble Oil and Refining Company announce the discovery of oil on the North Slope of Alaska at Prudhoe Bay marking a turning point in the history of the state and the United States as a…

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