Portage is a ghost town and former settlement on Turnagain Arm in Alaska, about 47 miles (76 km) southeast of Downtown Anchorage. The town was destroyed in the 1964 Alaska earthquake when the ground in the area sank about six feet (1.8 m), putting most of the town below high tide level.
Portage Lake is a glacial lake in the Chugach National Forest of Alaska. It sits in a long, heavily glaciated valley, and abuts the calving face of Portage Glacier at its southern end. The lake has only become visible since approximately 1914, with the rapid retreat of Portage Glacier .
Portage Glacier is located adjacent to Turnagain Arm, 50 miles southeast of downtown Anchorage. Road access is via the Seward Highway to the former town of Portage, which was flooded and subsequently vacated following the 1964 Alaska earthquake. The Portage Glacier Road runs 6 miles (9.7 km), mostly past USFS campgrounds, to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center.
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The motivation is straightforward: the "railbelt" between Anchorage and Fairbanks contains the majority of the state's population. Robert Atwood, owner of the Anchorage Times and a tireless booster for the city, championed the move. Alaskans rejected attempts to move the capital in 1960 and 1962, but in 1974, as Alaska's center of population ...
The Municipality of Anchorage was formed 43 years ago. So, there never really was a neighborhood of Anchorage called Portage. Perhaps that is the legal definition today, but how can it be a neighborhood when there are no houses and no population? Beeblebrox (talk) 17:29, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Portage Glacier Highway, or Portage Glacier Road, is a highway located in the U.S. state of Alaska. The highway is made up of a series of roads, bridges, and tunnels that connect the Portage Glacier area of the Chugach National Forest and the city of Whittier to the Seward Highway.
Seward Highway Seward Highway highlighted in red Route information Length 125.336 mi (201.709 km) Existed 1923 –present Component highways AK-9 Seward to Moose Pass AK-1 Moose Pass to Anchorage Tourist routes Seward Highway Major junctions South end Railway Avenue in Seward Forest Highway 46 (Herman Leirer Road) in Bear Creek Forest Highway 61 (Primrose Spur Road) in Primrose AK-1 (Sterling ...
Apr 06, 2017 · Portage, Alaska, located near the head of Turnagain Arm on the Seward Highway, roughly 47 miles south of Anchorage, is a former settlement that was devastated by the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. The town sunk approximately 6-10 feet putting it below the high tide level which caused devastating floods.
From Anchorage, take the Seward Highway south to the head of Turnagain Arm. The turn-off to Portage Valley is 48 miles south, just past the Alaska Railroad staging area and the bridges over Portage Creek. Portage Lake and the Begich Boggs Visitor Center are about five miles to the east. Weather note:
127. Anchorage.Gambell Street and 5th Ave is Mile 0 of the Seward Highway. Log Cabin Information Center. Operated by Visit Anchorage, this is and the Info Center at the Ted Stevens International Airport offer tons of great information about Anchorage and the entire state of Alaska.