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Haines in Haines Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
 

Fort William H. Seward

A National Historic Landmark

 
 
Fort William H. Seward Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2009
1. Fort William H. Seward Marker
Inscription. 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 1920ís to avoid confusion with Seward, Alaska.

(Inscription under the photo on the bottom left) :
1918-1921
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 1960ís 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
Fort William H. Seward Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2009
2. Fort William H. Seward Marker
under the photo in the lower right) 1920ís
 
Erected by The City of Haines.
 
Location. 59° 13.709′ N, 135° 26.387′ W. Marker is in Haines, Alaska, in Haines Borough. Marker is on Beach Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Haines AK 99827, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Founders of Port Chilkoot (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Fort William H. Seward. The National Park Service's page for Fort Seward. (Submitted on January 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, World II
 
View of Portage Cove image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2009
3. View of Portage Cove
Remains of Dock image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2009
4. Remains of Dock
Aerial view of Haines, location of Fort Seward image. Click for full size.
By E. Andrews, circa 1930
5. Aerial view of Haines, location of Fort Seward
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5. submitted on January 3, 2014. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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