Dear trans-Alaska pipeline,

Happy Birthday! In honor of your 35th year and your many contributions to our great state here is a list of need-to-know facts and historical highlights.

You've done good TAPS. You've had a long and complex life full of crazy stories and strange bends, but in the end you keep on keepin' on. Here's to another 35 years or longer.

All the best,

Alaska Dispatch

If you'd like more on our old friend click here or check out TAPS' Twitter account here.

Correction: This story originally reported that it takes crude 38 days to run the entire length of the pipeline. During the pipelien's first run, in 1977, it did take 38 days. However, as of 2011, it only takes 16 days from one end to the other. We regret the error.