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HISTORIC MILEPOST INTERPRETIVE SITES
Mile `0' -- Dawson Creek
In the spring
of 1942, located at the end of the
railway, Dawson Creek became a major
terminus for troops, supplies and
equipment arriving from Edmonton
destined for the north.
Today ...
Photo
opportunity at the Historic Mile `0' Cairn
& Milepost. Video on the construction of
the Alaska Highway. What an amazing
feat ... It is hard to image how they
worked in such harsh conditions!
Mile 21/Kiskatinaw Bridge
A 531 ft
(162 metre) curved structure, one of the
first of its kind in Canada, it is the only
original timber bridge built along the
highway still in use today.
Today ...
The
oldest curved wooden bridge in use today
and an opportunity to drive the original
Alaska Highway watch for the frost
heaves!
Mile 35/Taylor
and the Peace River
Bridge/1st Main Army Camp 341st.
Before the Peace was bridged in `42, the
ferry from Taylor served as the major link
across the river. The original Peace River
suspension bridge, the longest bridge on
the highway, collapsed in 1957.
Mile 47/Fort St. John "Camp Alcan"
In 1942 Fort St. John's population
"exploded". What had been home to 200
became a temporary base for more than
6,000.
Today ...
the 50th Anniversary
Community Memorial Quilt was created
for Rendezvous '92, and is located in the
City of Fort St. John Visitor Centre.
Mile 52/Charlie Lake
Site of a recent
memorial erected to commemorate the
loss of 12 American soldiers who
drowned here in 1942 while crossing the
lake aboard "pontoon barges".
Mile 101 Blueberry Control Station
Site
of Blueberry Control Gate, a 24-hour
military checkpoint operated by US army
personnel through the war years.
Mile 148/Suicide Hill
One of the most
treacherous hills on the original highway
noted for its ominous greeting: PREPARE
TO MEET THY MAKER.
Mile 300/Fort Nelson
Called Zero by the
troops because it was the beginning of
the roads to Whitehorse and Fort
Simpson. Home to about 2,000 troops
during construction.
Today ...
The Alaska
Highway Veterans & Builders Monument
is located at the Heritage Museum.
Mile 392/Summit
At Mile 397, crews
had to blast through the rock to create a
road.
Today ...
The highest point on the
Alaska Highway (4,250 ft/1,295 m). What
a spectacular view!
Mile 456/Muncho Lake
The road around
the lake was a particular challenge.
Workers had to cut their way through the
lake's rocky banks and use horse-pulled
stone boats to haul the rock away.
Today
...
The road winds around the deep green
blue waters of Muncho Lake. Travelers
can rest at Provincial camp sites, a
lakeside lodge or cabin and enjoy river
rafting expeditions and back country
tours or explore the many hiking trails.
Mile 496/Liard Hot Springs
Site of a
major construction camp. The natural hot
springs were used by troops daily, but
once a week they cleared out, leaving the
hot springs to the women of the camp.
Today ...
One of our favourite spots!
From warm to hot to hotter, these natural
hot springs are a piece of paradise...
we even saw moose and buffalo on the
highway!
Mile 627 BC/Yukon Border Crossing
The highway crosses the BC/Yukon
border seven times between Contact
Creek and Mile 627. Mile 627 marks the
official border crossing.
Mile 635/Watson Lake
Sign Post Forest
- a tradition started by a US Army soldier
working on the highway.
Today ...
a
collection of over 62,000 signs.
Fairbanks
Whitehorse
Big Delta
Tanna
Crossing
1376
1409
1352
1292
1271
1202
1130
1117
10931083
1053
1061
1016
48
66
974
918
910
836
804
710
627
635
588
496
422
456
392
Tok Junction
Dawson
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Beaver
Creek
Kennicott
Burwash
Landing
Destruction
Bay
Haines
Junction
Champagne
Haines
Skagway
Carcross
Atlin
Teslin
Watson
Lake
Lower Post
British Colum
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Yesterday
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Today
Liard Hot Springs
Kiskatinaw Bridge
Muncho Lake