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Rabbit Creek White Alice Site, Anchorage Alaska, Anchorage, Anchorage, AK



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Location
Anchorage Alaska, Anchorage, AK

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER AK-23
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N12).
Building/structure dates: 1959 initial construction
Significance: The White Alice Communications system (WACS) in Alaska is significant in the areas of communications and the military. Although less than 50 years old (the original two installations, Boswell Bay and Neklasson Lake, opened in 1956), the WACS is historically significant because it was perceived as vital to national defense. It is an example of a technology that evolved so rapidly that its development, achievement peak, and obsolescence occurred within 10 years. Militarily, the system is a significant example of the extent to which the nation would go to avoid another Pearl Harbor. During the Cold War Era, the United States kept a high state of military preparedness and the civilian population was psychologically keyed to a state of war. The WACS reflects this period in American history.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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