Whittier, Alaska is a small, remote town 60 miles South of Anchorage that’s commonly referred to as the “town under one roof.”
How small is Whittier? Around 217 people liver there and it’s only accessible by boat or a one-way, one-lane tunnel.
But the strangest thing about this town is that nearly all of its residents live in the same building, Begich Towers, a Cold War-era army barracks built in 1974. A police station, grocery store, clinic, church, convenience story, and school are all housed within the structure.
Begich towers also has a bed and breakfast, and guests are welcome to come and observe how life goes on in the near one-structure town. Reddit user Hylieanhero88 and his girlfriend decided Whittier was worth experiencing as part of their vacation, and has posted his thoughts in a thread, along with his photo travelogue.
'This is what you see when you first approach Whittier,' he writes. 'The 2.5 mile tunnel that you have to pass through to enter the town is one lane only -- they switch the direction of travel every 30 minutes. You have to wait at these lights until they let you go.'
Travelling through the tunnel, it makes you feel a little claustrophobic. By the time you're nearing the end, this is definitely a welcome sight.
This is the abandoned building where people lived back when this town was still a military base. At one time, this building was the largest building in the state of Alaska -- now it is completely abandoned.
There is a slight misconception about this town. Not everyone lives in the same building. I'd say about 80% do, but there are also some apartments separate from the main building. Also, while there is a grocery store inside the building, there is a bigger store in the town, about the size of the inside of a gas station. I didn't get any pics, unfortunately.
Storage underneath the main building. Each tenant gets a small storage area for things they can't fit in their small apartments.
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