This Alaskan Town Is Basically a Real-Life Tenpenny Tower

If you’re ever wandering the Alaskan Wasteland, looking for a place to grab a nap and some ammo, maybe a few doses of RadAway, we’ve got just the place for you.



There’s a town in Alaska with a population of just over 200 people, and pretty much everybody there lives in the same building. It’s called Whittier, Alaska, and it’s like the real-life version of Tenpenny Tower from Fallout 3, except there usually isn’t a sniper on the top floor picking people off for fun. Usually.

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To get to Whittier, you can take a train from Anchorage.



The main building where most people live is called Begich Towers. There’s a school connected via underground tunnel. Along with providing a home for most of the citizens of Whittier, the Towers also contain most of the public utilities. During WW2, Whittier served as a base for the military, who planned to establish a larger presence there – but those plans didn’t come to fruition.

Allistair Tenpenny named his tower after himself. Begich Towers were named after a Congressman from Alaska who went missing, and was presumed dead in a plane crash.



If the subarctic climate doesn’t kill you, their kindness just might. As you can imagine, they don’t get a ton of visitors that are willing to make the trek, and when you’re living among the same 200 people all the time, a fresh face is a welcome sight.