Alaska Highway History
THE ROAD TO NORTH AMERICA'S LAST FRONTIER
The Alaska Highway, formerly known as the Alcan (Alaska-Canadian) Highway, winds its way through wilderness connecting Dawson Creek, British Columbia and Fairbanks, Alaska. President Herbert Hoover considered an overland link from the lower 48 to Alaska as early as 1930.
More than 11,000 American troops, including 7 regiments of engineers, 16,000 civilian workmen from Canada and the United States and 7,000 pieces of equipment were thrown into the herculean task of penetrating the 1500 miles of mountains, muskeg and mosquitoes.
On September 24, 1942, soldiers met at Contact Creek, near the British Columbia - Yukon border marking the completion of the southern sector. The road was literally bulldozed through the wilderness. Road conditions of the Alcan were horrific with 90-degree turns and 25 percent grades.
On September 28, 1996 at a ceremony in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, the Alaska Highway was designated as the 16th International Historical Civil Engineering Landmark.
Northern Rockies Alaska Highway Tourism Association
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