Aleutian World War II National Historic Area, Aleutian Islands

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The Aleutian World War II National Historic Area is a U.S. National Historic Site on Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Island Chain of Alaska. It offers visitors a glimpse of both natural and cultural history, and traces the historic footprints of the U.S. Army Base, Fort Schwatka, located at the Ulakta Head on Mount Ballyhoo. The fort, 800 miles west of Anchorage, the nearest large urban center, was one of four coastal defense posts built to protect Dutch Harbor (crucial back door to the United States) during World War II; Fort Schwatka is also the highest coastal battery ever constructed in the United States. The other Army coastal defense facilities were Fort Mears, Fort Learnard, and Fort Brumback. Engineers designed the concrete observation posts and command stations to withstand earthquakes and 100 mph winds. Although today, many of the bunkers and wooden structures of Fort Schwatka have collapsed, the gun mounts and lookouts are among the most intact in the country.

In 1996, the United States Congress designated this a National Historic Area as a way of educating future generations both about the history of the Aleut people, and the role the Aleutian Islands played in the defense of the United States in World War II. It is owned and operated by the Ounalashka Corporation but as an affiliated area of the National Park Service receives funding and technical assistance for development and preservation.
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  • The road up to the Historic area is Ulatka Drive, off of Ballyhoo road just past Resolve Marine Salvage. It's the only steep road up the mountain. It's an amazing place with incredible views. It's...  more »
  • A good hiking opportunity - the fort was home to US servicemen during WW II. Both derelict and destroyed buildings and Dutch Harbor are visible. Dutch Harbour was the "other" US site bombed by the.....  more »
  • A good hiking opportunity. The view was stunning. My family enjoyed the visit in Aleutian Island/ I highly recommend this.
  • When you travel to Dutch Harbor, WW2 history is all around you.

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