18. Gilson’s Mercantile

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18. Gilson Mercantile, 340 McKinley Street

The cement block building included a café, butchery and bakery, groceries, produce and sundries. Gilson ran a 400-mile delivery route monthly and provided rental apartments for truck drivers and their families. Shipping goods to the Interior via the Richardson Highway was one of the premier functions of the Valdez port.