|Title||A-frame house in Valdez, n.d. |
|Notes||On verso of image: Queer house, Valdez|
Filed in Alaska--Cities--Valdez
|Contextual Notes||Valdez is located on the north shore of Port Valdez, a deep water fjord in Prince William Sound. It lies 305 road miles east of Anchorage, and 364 road miles south of Fairbanks. It is the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The Port of Valdez was named in 1790 by Don Salvador Fidalgo for the celebrated Spanish naval officer Antonio Valdes y Basan. Due to its excellent ice-free port, a town developed in 1898 as a debarkation point for men seeking a route to the Eagle Mining District and the Klondike gold fields. Valdez soon became the supply center of its own gold mining region, and incorporated as a City in 1901. Fort Liscum was established in 1900, and a sled and wagon road was constructed to Fort Egbert in Eagle by the U.S. Army. The Alaska Road Commission further developed the road for automobile travel to Fairbanks; it was completed by the early 1920s.
Tsunamis generated by the 1964 earthquake destroyed the original City, killing several residents. The community was rebuilt in a more sheltered location 4 miles to the west. During the 1970s, construction of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal and other cargo transportation facilities brought rapid growth to Valdez. In March 1989, it was the center for the massive oil-spill cleanup after the "Exxon Valdez" disaster. In a few short days, the population of the town tripled.
|Subjects (LCTGM)||Houses--Alaska--Valdez; Dwellings--Alaska--Valdez |
|Subjects (LCSH)||A-frame houses--Alaska--Valdez; Architecture, Domestic--Alaska--Valdez; Valdez (Alaska)--Buildings, structures, etc. |
|Location Depicted||United States--Alaska--Valdez |
|Digital Collection||Alaska, Western Canada and United States Collection|
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|Negative Number||UW8160 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Alaska Photograph Collection |
|Object Type||Photograph |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600XL at 100 dpi in JPEG format at compression rate 3 and resized to 768x600 ppi. 2004. |
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