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Photos: Whittier, Alaska Is a Town Under One Roof

A place where everybody knows your name—and probably your entire daily routine.

 

Like any small town, Whittier, Alaska, has a church, medical clinic, police station, post office, restaurant, laundromat, market and neighborhood bar.

Yet all of it exists under one roof.

Well, mostly. The town’s 200 residents primarily reside in a single, 14-story building called Begich Towers, a former Army barracks. In the winter, the area can get 60 mph winds and about 250 inches of snow, so complete enclosure is necessary. A reporter from California Sunday Magazine once described the very, well, close-knit community. Residents can knock on the police chief’s apartment door. Students can get homework help at their teacher’s kitchen table. The pastor conducts baptisms in an inflatable pool in the basement.

Redditor HyruleanHero1988 wanted to see what it’s like to live in Whittier, a place of college-dorm intimacy. So he visited the town. Here are some photos he shared in Reddit’s Pics community.

This is what you see when you approach the community. Welcome to Whittier.

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There’s a one-lane, 2.5-mile tunnel that you must pass through to enter the town. They switch the direction of travel every 30 minutes. Patience, people.

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Almost everyone in the town lives here. There are some apartments separate from the building.

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Here’s the town’s grocery store.

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The DVD new releases. No Escape seems like a fitting title.

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A condo in the building. “It feels cozier than you would imagine,” HyruleanHero1988 writes.

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Underneath the main building, each tenant has a small storage area for the things they can’t fit in their tiny quarters.

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Right outside the building-town, there’s a reindeer pen.

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Thanks for visiting. Come back soon!

See all the photos from his trip to Whittier, Alaska, in the original Reddit post.

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