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New Ferry Service for Gustavus Alaska

leconte-300x149For those of you that have been to the little town of Gustavus Alaska know that getting here has always been an adventure. This has now changed somewhat as the Alaska marine highway system added our little town. Beginning November 2010, Gustavus is now accessible via the Alaska Marine Highway departing from Juneau.

For detailed ferry information on, rates, booking, and schedules please contact the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Almost everyone agrees that the new ferry service will make it easier and less expensive to live but that’s where the consensuses stop. Some including the author of this article fear that you need to be careful what you wish for. With the coming of the ferry not all that changes will be good. This town is what it is largely because of the difficulty it has been to live here. In the past it has cost over a thousand dollars to transport a vehicle to and from Juneau.  The ferry changes that and Gustavus is likely to see an influx of vehicles and people on a very small system of roadways.  You might think a lodge owner welcomes more people as they will need a place to stay, and we will welcome those people, but you have to wonder about the effect it will have on this beautiful and truly unique place. I hope it’s a good one.

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New Dock for Gustavus Alaska

Gustavus-Dock-300x225The new Gustavus dock is now open for business.

The old dock built originally in 1929 was funded by the Alaska Road Commission but was nothing more than a raised platform out in the middle of the Icy Passage surrounded on all 4 sides by water. The “platform” or “dock” as it was more commonly called had no connection to dry land. In 1933 funded by the Federal Relief Project “the approach” as it was called was built and provided a very convenient means of walking or driving to the original platform. It has served the Gustavus Alaska community well for many years.

In June 2009, funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, commonly known as the stimulus bill, the new dock was started. At a cost of 7.7million dollars it was the first stimulus-funded project in Alaska. It will undoubtedly bring change to this quiet little town of some odd 400 people. Only time will tell if the change is a welcome one.

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