Whittier seemed a rather spooky place upon our early arrival. Early, because we had to make in in time for our day cruise through Prince William Sound. Whitter is actually rather beautiful but when we arrived it was enveloped in a thick fog. The chill, old communist style buildings and deserted nature of the place really gave it an eerie as hell atmosphere. On our cruise we were told it was actually a military and intelligence base in the Second World War.
From our good friend Wikileaks, oops that Wikipedia:
"During World War II the United States Army constructed a military facility, complete with port and railroad terminus near the glacier and named the facility Camp Sullivan. The spur of the Alaska Railroad to Camp Sullivan was completed in 1943 and the port became the entrance for United States soldiers into Alaska. The port remained an active army facility until 1960."