Alaska Railroad History

If you’re after a dose of history, you could hardly do better than the Alaska Railroad. It was President Woodrow Wilson who got the ball rolling for this system back in 1915. Just 8 years later, the 5,000 men who helped lay the tracks had opened up a whole new era for Alaska, connecting its southern harbor to the state’s deep interior. Since then, the Alaska Railroad has been operating ever since, making the company one of the oldest tour operators in Alaska.

Over the years, of course, some of the towns along the way have grown and changed, but the awe-inspiring scenery between these destinations hasn’t. Today, a trip on the Alaska Railroad still takes you past glacier-sculpted valleys, deep gorges, lush landscapes, and of course, Alaska’s unique wildlife.


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