There’s Something Incredibly Unique About This Alaska Mountain Tunnel
The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel connects the city of Whittier to Bear Valley. The reason this tunnel is so spectacular is because it’s the longest single-lane highway tunnel in North America, and by long I mean really long – we’re talking over 2 1/2 miles! Not only is the tunnel unique because of its length but also because of how the ventilation works. At each entrance, there is a jet engine that propels fresh air through the vents along the length of the tunnel. Cool, huh?
There are many other interesting facts about this one-of-a-kind tunnel in Alaska, from the safe houses that were built inside the tunnel to its original construction, the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel is truly unique. Scroll through to learn more about its history and to see how cool it looks on the inside and out.
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Have you driven through this tunnel before? Did you know of its unique history?
Casea Peterson grew up archery hunting, fishing, and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest. Motivated by her love for the outdoors she moved to Alaska to attend school and to spend time exploring the last frontier. If she doesn’t have a pen in hand or her nose in a book, she can be found out on a lake or up in the woods around a fire with friends.
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