Walk through the Past
The Aleutian World War II National Historic Area follows the historic footprint of the U.S. Army Fort Schwatka, located at Ulakta Head on Mount Ballyhoo. Named for Lt. Frederick Schwatcka, the fort is one of four coastal defense posts built in 1942 and 1943 to protect the Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base. Lt. Schwatcka conducted several military surveys in Alaska in the 1880s, including in Unalaska.
Visitors to the area may explore the remaining structures and ruins of Fort Schwatka, and sense the scope of the war effort mounted in the Aleutians to protect the United States from the Japanese invasion. There are also opportunities for self-led driving tours on Amaknak and Unalaska Islands.
Last updated: September 21, 2020