Valdez (Alaska)

Unorganized Borough


Valdez [ vældi ː z] is a city in the Valdez - Cordova Census Area in the Prince William Sound in the U.S. state of Alaska.


End of the 19th century Valdez was created as a haven for the urgent to Alaska and the Valdez Trail -using prospectors.

In 1964, Valdez was almost completely destroyed by the Good Friday earthquake and a tidal wave immediately following it. After the disaster, the city was rebuilt in record time.

Significance of the city as the most important ice-free port in Alaska and endpoints of the cross leading through the entire state of trans-Alaska pipeline. Gained notoriety of the place as the namesake of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez, which wrecked nearby and an oil spill in 1989, approximately 42 million liters of crude oil flowed in the sea. However, no oil reached the city.


The city lives mainly on the handling of crude oil from Prudhoe Bay and thus in particular the oil company Exxon Mobil, which is also the largest employer in Valdez.