Tin City, Seward Peninsula


Tin City, Seward Peninsula

by | Oct 3, 2018

Tin City is an abandoned mining town located at the mouth of Cape Creek, on the Bering Sea coast, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Cape Prince of Wales on the Seward Peninsula. Tin City is now the site of a U.S. Air Force Long Range Radar Station, part of a network of surveillance and communications facilities in defense of North America.

Tin City was originally a mining camp established at the base of Cape Mountain in 1903 following the discovery of tin ore in July 1902. Extensive developments of the prospect were conducted in the summer of 1903, and by 1907 two companies were operating a stamp mill located in the village that consisted of a few widely scattered houses. A stamp mill is a machine that crushes rock for further processing and extraction of the metal ore.

Tin City Air Force Station was a continental defense radar facility constructed in 1952 during the Cold War to provide early warning of an air attack on North America. The radars were located on Cape Mountain at an elevation of 2,275 feet (694 m). An airstrip with a gravel runway, 4,500 feet (1372 m) long, was constructed to support landings of large cargo aircraft. A ground support station was located in a small canyon between the airstrip and radar site. The station consisted of a power and heating plant, water and fuel storage tanks, a gymnasium, and office buildings. The buildings were connected by enclosed portals so no one needed to go outside in winter unless necessary. The radar site was connected to the base station by a 7,200 feet (2195 m) long aerial tramway, the longest in North America. Read more here and here. Explore more of Tin City here:

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