Alaska Pipeline – Dalton Highway

Location: Mile 196 Dalton Highway, Alaska
Date of Photo: August 27, 2019
Temperature: 43F
Current Weather: Mostly Cloudy

Camera Settings for photo

Canon 5D Mark IV with Canon 24-105mm f/4 L II lens. 105mm 1/8th second F/ 9 ISO 100 with a 3-stop hard edge graduated ND filter. From Tripod. Cropped.

Image Description

The Trans-Alaska pipeline rises to allow vehicle maintenance traffic to pass under it at the same time it makes a curve as it heads up into the Brooks Range mountains in the background during sunrise.

History and Information about this location

The 800-mile long trans-Alaska pipeline (aka: TAPS) was built between 1974 and 1977 after the 1968 oil discovery in Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope. The pipeline is 48” in diameter and could feasibly move 2 million barrels of oil a day. It was built over some of the most difficult terrain possible including 4,739 ft Atigun Pass and crossing 34 major streams or rivers and nearly 500 smaller ones. At a cost of $8 billion dollars and the lives of 32 construction workers.

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1 Comment

  1. Hi! Jeff,
    This is going to be a very interesting email. I once met a very handsome man while he was vacationing in Florida at Disney World. He and I had made plans for me to come out to California I believe. So long ago forgot what State. This was in 1978. He was going to wire me money for the plane ticket. I was packing and waiting for his call in Orlando, Fl.
    I never heard anything on that appointed day to confirm everything. Thought that was strange. Turned out the phone number he gave me was his Grandfathers who was a Native Indian. He had broken English and tried to explain what happened to him. Something about a car accident. Never knew what happened to him. My whole point is he was photographing the Alaskan Pipeline, as perhaps you were. Was wondering if you have ever heard of “Rey Red Pony Valenzuela”. He was a real go getter. I am taking a long shot here. I hope you don’t mind. I just wanted an answer to “My Love Story” that never happened.

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