Housing and Support Buildings
Castle Bluff, Long Island, HD Kodiak
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The housing and support area at Castle Bluff is probably the best preserved Coast Artillery cantonment site surviving in Alaska. Many of the buildings remain, not only locatable but standing and clear of undergrowth. The Army installed more than forty structures here, including thirty-six Quonset huts, wood-frame latrine and mess hall buildings and other structures. About half of the Quonsets are still standing, while all but two wood-frame buildings have totally collapsed.

Due to heavy rain some photos are rather poor.



Quonset Hut Barracks


This Quonset (located just north of the SCR radar site, near the 110-foot contour line label on this 1944 map) is typical of the intact Quonset huts in the area.
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Detail of a hanging shelf in the above Quonset hut.
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Inside the above Quonset hut, looking north.
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Some Quonsets were modified to include side windows like this one, located northeast of the Recreation Hall.
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Quonset huts at the southwest end of the camp.
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Looking along the old road west of the main latrine building.
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Partially collapsed Quonset south of the main latrine building.
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Inside an intact Quonset east of the main latrine building.
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Main Shower and Latrine Building


Looking west at the partially collapsed building.
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The south end of the structure is also collapsed.
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Intact fixtures indicate the shower area.
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Looking south inside the building.
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Looking northwest; the shower area is on the other side of the partition.
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Detail of facets from the sink.
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Detail of water heating equipment.
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Shower and Latrine Quonsets
In addition to the main latrine building, several Quonset huts were used as shower and latrine buildings. These photos show the most intact structure, located just north of the main latrine building (the larger of two unmarked buildings on this 1944 map).


The east side of the Quonset.
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Looking west from just inside the door.
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A shower area is in the southwest corner.
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Two small rooms flank the entrance.
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Detail of a fixture in one of the small rooms.
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Other Buildings


The mess hall has collapsed.
August 2005
Looking southwest at the mess hall site.
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A collapsed wood building, possibly a warehouse, west of the main housing area.
August 2005
Detail of stove pipes near the possible warehouse.
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The mostly collapsed motor repair building.
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The east end of the motor repair building.
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Documents
Detail map of area.September 1944




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