Nike Site Summit

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It’s 1957, and things are different. Anchorage, Alaska, is but a whisper of its future self. Oil has yet to be discovered beneath the permafrost of the North Slope, there are more gravel roads crisscrossing the city than there are paved, and the city’s population (a mere 40,000) is abuzz with a palpable fear: impending nuclear war.

Above the city at 4,000 feet, Mount Gordon Lyon rests stoically as 60 vertical feet of its peak are blasted away by dynamite. 

Two years later, Gordon Lyon’s now-level summit is unlike any other in the surrounding Chugach Range. Its surface, officially dubbed Site Summit, is studded by a platoon of buildings,

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