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Map 2:Site Summit Historic District.

[Map 2: Site Summit Historic District.] with link to larger version of map.(U.S. Army Garrison-Alaska)

Site Summit is a 244-acre abandoned military site. It is located on top of Mount Gordon Lyon in the Chugach Mountains, 12.5 miles east of downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The site is divided into two parts. The Battery Control area is the highest part of the site, at 3,900 feet. The lower part of the site is the Missile Launch and Storage area. It sits at 3,100 feet.

Questions for Map 2

1) What kinds of buildings are at the upper part of Site Summit? What kinds of buildings are at the lower part?

2) Why do you think a mountain might be a good place to launch a missile?

3) What challenges do you think the military faced when it built Site Summit?

4) According to the National Register of Historic Places, a historic district "possesses a significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of sites, buildings, structures, or objects united historically or aesthetically by plan or physical development." What kinds of historic features does Site Summit have that are not buildings? What do you think these features can tell us about life at Site Summit during the 1960s?

 

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