Fort William H. Seward

Fort William H. Seward (HM1CCQ)

Location: Haines, AK 99827 Haines
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Country: United States of America
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N 59° 13.709', W 135° 26.387'

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A National Historic Landmark

Fort Seward was the first permanent military base in Alaska. Completed in 1904 on 100 acres of land donated by the Presbyterian Church, it remained active until 1944. Named for William H. Seward, the U.S. Secretary of State who arranged the purchase of Alaska from Russia. The Fort was renamed Chilkoot Barracks in the 1920's to avoid confusion with Seward, Alaska.

(Inscription under the photo on the bottom left) :
Continuing up the hill on the right side, you will pass the long white quartermaster supply building, where furnishings and basic supplies were distributed. The cold storage room was located in the basement. In the 1960's a large walk-in cooler served as a temporary morgue when the Haines facility closed.

(Inscription under the photo in the bottom center) :1930
Up the dock on the right side, the small red building housed an underwater communication cable linking Haines to the continental U.S. Messages were commonly sent in Morse code.

(Inscription under the photo in the upper right):
July 1920
The Port of Chilkoot dock is the original Army dock. Notice the pullout for mule wagons to pass each other midway down the right side. Mules played an important role both in the construction of the Fort and as a mode of transportation.

(Inscription under the photo in the lower right) 1920's
Placed ByThe City of Haines
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)8V E 474901 N 6565576
Decimal Degrees59.22848333, -135.43978333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 59° 13.709', W 135° 26.387'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds59° 13' 42.54" N, 135° 26' 23.22" W
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Area Code(s)907
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 Beach Rd, Haines AK 99827, US
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