Model in progress...

Alaska's hard luck Valdez remembered in miniature

On Good Friday [March 27th], 1964, the original town of Valdez, Alaska was smashed by North America's most powerful earthquake. The remaining townsite was condemned and residents relocated four miles away.

Thirty five years after the earthquake, the original Valdez town is being re-created in a dimensional scale model. The Valdez Museum's Architectural Modeler Sue Fowler is recreating the entire town with every home, building, and structure an exact replica of the original the way it appeared in 1963, the year before the earthquake.

The completed 30' X 40' all-volunteer effort will be dedicated on Memorial Day weekend.

The notorious Exxon Valdez tanker ship, named after the town, caused the Alaskan coast's worst oil spill on a Good Friday in 1989. The tenth year anniversary was last week, but there wasn't much celebration.

[03/21/1999]
Address:
217 Egan Drive, Valdez, AK
Directions:
On Egan Dr. between Tatilek Ave. and Chenega Ave.
Hours:
Winter M-Sa 1-5, Summer daily 9-5. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
907-835-2764
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