Trans-Alaska Pipeline Begins

March 27, 1975 – After much debate and political wrangling, construction begins on the 800 mile pipeline from the Alaskan North Slope to the ice-free port of Valdez on the Gulf of Alaska.   Completed on May 31, 1977, the pipeline crossed 3 mountain ranges and over 30 different rivers and streams costing, in 1977 dollars, over 8 Billion dollars.  The project employed up to 28, 000 workers at a time, many of them housed in 29 construction camps, the largest having almost 3500 beds.   ironically, the pipeline was finally developed in response to the oil embargo crisis of 1973 when the rapid rise in oil prices made the feasibility of this project practical.

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