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The Alaska Pipeline
Map: The Trans-Alaska Pipeline's Route

The Trans-Alaska pipeline carries crude oil from Prudhoe Bay, above the Arctic Circle, south to the port of Valdez on Prince William Sound. The 800-mile route crosses three major mountain ranges, permafrost and earthquake-prone zones, and hundreds of rivers and streams.

During construction, thousands of workers transformed Fairbanks, near the route's mid-point, from a sleepy outpost into a booming frontier town.

The pipeline's route from the North Slope to Valdez

Explore Alaska history with an interactive map on a related American Experience Web site, Building the Alaska Highway.

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